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FORMAT, a FORTRAN FORMAT Statement Generator
Abstract: The FORMAT program reads a sample form or the rough version
of messages, and generates FORTRAN FORMAT statements which can be used
by a FORTRAN program to reproduce the form complete with embedded
variables, or to generate the messages with lines of uniform length.
The case conventions, the structure of the commands, and the meanings
of many of the commands which are recognized by the FORMAT program
are identical to those accepted by the RUNOFF text processor. When
text containing only those commands which are recognized by both the
FORMAT and RUNOFF programs is processed by the FORMAT program, then
the use of the resulting FORMAT statements generates the text which
would have been produced directly by RUNOFF. FORTRAN WRITE statements
can be generated which reference each of the resulting FORMAT
statements. For long messages, the text on each page can be broken
into separate FORMAT statements and sections of predefined FORTRAN
code can be inserted automatically at the tops and bottoms of the pages.
The 1983 version of the FORMAT program recognizes 24 new commands,
most of which are used to support paging on video terminals. An extra
chapter has been added to the manual describing these new commands.