Format Codes

 

Defined edit codes are stored in a text file /mrcjava/mrcclasses/editcode.txt which includes IBM and mrc pre-defined codes. The mrc pre-defined codes are called user defined code, so you can either change or define your new edit code within this section.

Summary of IBM Edit Codes

Edit Code
Name

Commas

Decimal
Point

Sign for
Negative

Decimal
or Blank

Positive
Example

Negative
Example

None

No

No

No Sign

 

1234567

1234567

1

Yes

Yes

No Sign

.00 or 0

12,345.67

12,345.67

2

Yes

Yes

No Sign

Blanks

12,345.67

12,345.67

3

No

Yes

No Sign

.00 or 0

12345.67

12345.67

4

No

Yes

No Sign

Blanks

12345.67

12345.67

A

Yes

Yes

CR

.00 or 0

12,345.67

12345.67CR

B

Yes

Yes

CR

Blanks

12,345.67

12345.67CR

C

No

Yes

CR

.00 or 0

12345.67

12345.67CR

D

No

Yes

CR

Blanks

12345.67

12345.67CR

J

Yes

Yes

– (minus)

.00 or 0

12,345.67

12,345.67-

K

Yes

Yes

– (minus)

Blanks

12,345.67

12,345.67-

L

No

Yes

– (minus)

.00 or 0

12345.67

12345.67-

M

No

Yes

– (minus)

Blanks

12345.67

12345.67-

Y

No

No

No Sign

 

1234567

1234567

Z

No

No

No Sign

 

1234567

1234567

N

Yes

Yes

– (floating)

.00 or 0

12,345.67

-12,34567

O

Yes

Yes

– (floating)

Blanks

12,345.67

-12,34567

P

No

Yes

– (floating)

.00 or 0

12345.67

-12345.67

Q

No

Yes

– (floating)

Blanks

12345.67

-12345.67

Note: All IBM edit codes displayed above suppress the printing of leading zeros.

Specifying Your own Edit Word

The following is a brief explanation of the rules for defining an edit word.

— Any character other than a space, ampersand (&), zero, asterisk (*), decimal point (.), comma (,), minus sign (-), or CR will be treated as a literal and will be printed wherever it occurs.

— No literal will be printed which occurs to the left of the first significant digit in a number.

— A blank in the edit word will be replaced with the digit from the corresponding position of the data field.

— An ampersand will be replaced by a space.

— To stop suppression of leading zeros, place a zero or an asterisk in the farthest right position where zero suppress is to stop. A zero will cause leading zeros to be replaced with spaces. An asterisk will cause leading zeros to be replaced with asterisks.

— Either a minus sign or CR may be used to indicate a negative number. Whichever one is used, it must appear to the right of the last digit in the number. If a number is positive, the minus sign or CR will be replaced by spaces.

— Commas or decimal points which occur to the left of the first significant digit of a number will not be printed.

As an example of how these rules are applied, the following is the edit word customer account number where the first six digits are the base customer number and the last three digits are a location code:

0____-___ where the underscores indicate spaces.

The zero indicates that leading zero suppression stops in the first digit of the customer number. The minus sign is treated as a literal since it is not to the right of the last digit in the number. If a customer's account number was 000234001, this edit word would cause the number to be displayed as 00234-001.

Note: You will notice that when you enter the edit word m-Power right justifies the edit word. This is intentional and required for your edit code to function properly.

Created: February 29, 2008 | Modified: October 25, 2013