Could any one explain me the difference between absolute column pointer control and relative column pointer control?
input item $10. @17 total;
Absolute column pointer is an offset in your input data/record buffer, relative to @1 being column 1.
Relative column pointer is an increment (either plus or minus) from the current pointer position in the input data/record buffer, that being +10 in the INPUT statement below is at pointer location 25, for example: