This paragraph is used to associate some hardware names to the user-specified mnemonic names. This paragraph is elective in all compilers. The format of this paragraph is as shown below:
SPECIAL-NAMES, [, CURRENCY SIGN IS literal-1]
[, DECIMAL-POINT IS COMMA]
[, CHANNEL integer IS mnemonic-names]...
[, ALPHABET alphabet-name IS NATIVE ]...
[, implementor-name IS mnemonic-name].
The CHANNEL is used to control the line spacing of the line printers. This clause is used to relate a user-defined name known as the mnemonic name with a channel in the printer carriage control. The range of the integer depends on the specific line printer to be used. This mnemonic name can be used only in the WRITE statement.
The ALPHABET clause specifies the user-defined alphabet name which can be used to indicate a collating sequence in the PROGRAM COLLATING SEQUENCE clause or in the collating sequence clause in the sort verb. The word NATIVE stand for the computer's own collating sequence and STANDARD-1 stands for the ASCII collating sequence. The alphabet name is used to define the external character set in which the data is recorded on a file.
The SPECIAL-NAMES paragraph can have the other entry that is implementer dependent. Though, the CHANNEL entry is also an implementer-defined clause. The entries can show in the paragraph in any order.