Picture specification - picture clause, COBOL Programming

PICTURE specification:

The size of a group item is equivalent to the total of the sizes of all the subordinate elementary items. The group item class is alphanumeric.

The illustration below describes the PICTURE specification.

Illustration:

PICTURE IS S999V99

Represents a signed data item with a size of 5 characters and the positions of the assumed point is before 2 places from the rightmost end. Note that the S and V are not counted 

 

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