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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.