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I tried to create a character format and when I use the format in the print statement, the log window displays the following error. I defined the format type to be a character type format. But the error message tells me that I'm using a numerical format type on a character variable. What can be the solution? how can JobCode's - mixed values (character and numeric type) be displayed using a proc format? Is it possible? If no, is there any other solution for this? 

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Re: proc format

Posted in reply to SamuelRajKandru

When you create the format $JOBF with proc format, you also must use the format $JOBF (note the dollar sign) in the format statement that assigns the format to a variable. A format without the dollar sign is always indicating a numeric format.

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Re: proc format

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Done that, but of no use. My variable has mixed values. So I need to figure how to create a format for the jobcode values like 'ME2' and 'SE3'. Is there any way?
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Re: proc format

Posted in reply to SamuelRajKandru

"Mixed values" does not mean mixed type. If your variable can contain alphanumeric values, then your variable is of type character, period.

So you must create and use a character format.

If you have numeric values in your string that need to be displayed with a generic number format, you will have to do a character-to-numeric conversion before applying a numeric format.

 

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