The ODS DATA Step Object will still be experimental/preproduction in SAS 9.2. It is slated (according to the developer) for 9.3 right now. There's been a lot of work done for 9.2 to stabilize the capability, but it is not fully "cooked" yet.
I took a half day training at SGF with Dan O'Connor and Scott Huntley in which they went over a number of improvements to the the ODS DATA Step Object. Here's what comes to mind:
- support of unicode charaters,
- more color defenition (e.g., Dark Blue),
- nested styles, and
- error cheching!!!
It's being called Report Writing Interface in SAS 9.2, and is still in preproduction, but it's much more stable, and has an easier name.
What Dan and Scott talked about at SGF was not everything that has changed or been improved for the DATA step object, however. Consulting the documentation or web pages for more information is still a good idea.
In fact, there's a note on the page that says This feature is preproduction for SAS 9.1.3 and later, and it can change at any time. Please direct questions or comments to Daniel O’Connor.
The improved stuff won't make it into the "What's New for 9.2" documentation because this facility is still pre-production.
When this capability becomes production, then what you see out on this site will get used by the documentation people as the basis for the formal documentation. At some point, I believe the continuing changes will find their way to this web site...or a link will be posted from this site to a site with more information, if the feature undergoes radical changes.
Since this is all pre-production, it's really hard to pin down -exact- changes. If you really need to know more, then I suggest you contact Dan with questions or feedback on what you've experienced using the DATA Step Object and/or what you'd like to see. When you click on his name in the warning note, you can send email directly to him.