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* [[PRINT]], [[PRINT USING (file statement)|PRINT #, USING]]
* [[PRINT]], [[PRINT USING (file statement)|PRINT #, USING]]
* [[LPRINT]]

Revision as of 08:43, 16 October 2010

The PRINT USING statement is used to PRINT formatted data to the Screen or a file using a STRING template.

Syntax: PRINT [#,] USING template$; variable; list; ...etc.

Template is a literal or variable string using the following formatting characters:
& Prints an entire string value. Length should be limited as template width will vary.
\ Denotes the start and end point of a fixed string area with spaces between(LEN = spaces + 2).
! Prints only the leading character of a string value.
# Denotes a numerical digit. An appropriate number of digits should be used for values received.
^^^^ Prints a numerical value in exponential format.
. Denotes a number's decimal point position. Also determines value accuracy.
, Prints a comma every 3 places left of the 0 decimal point value.
+ Denotes position of the number's sign.
- Placed after the number, displays the number's sign after the number (negative only).
$$ Prints a dollar sign immediately before the highest digit of the numerical value.
** Prints an asterisk in any leading spaces of a string value.
**$ Combines ** and $.

  • The list of data variables used in the template are separated by semicolons after the template string value.
  • The variables should be listed in the order that they are used in the template from left to right.
  • Normal text is allowed in the template also (see example).
  • NOTE: If the numerical value exceeds the template's digit range a type symbol will appear in the leftmost digit area.

Example: Printing formatted data using a predefined string template variable.

tmp$ = "Salesperson: & & #####,. $$#####,.##" PRINT USING tmp$; first$; last$; boxes%; sales!

Salesperson: Bobby Smith 1,510 $4,530.00

Explanation: The Salesperson: text precedes the formatted data. The name lengths will change the length of the string template accordingly so columns will not all line up. If \ \ was used, the columns would stay the same, but parts of some names might be lost. If the box or sales values exceed 3 digits, a comma is used in the value every 3 digits.

See also:

Keyword Reference - Alphabetical
Keyword Reference - By Usage
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