The V format specification identifies string data. It is a highly versatile specification in that it can be used with both types of FORM statements (for internal/external files and for display files), and it can be used with the full screen processing statements.
- Input characteristics
For string input, V removes all trailing spaces when reading in a value.
- Output characteristics
When V is used for output, leading spaces are retained but blanks are padded on the right, as in the following example:
00010 PRINT USING 20: " ABC","DEF" 00020 FORM C 8,C 3
NOTE that the leading space in " ABC# " is retained: