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by Regular Contributor
on ‎06-23-2016 01:28 PM

Is this description accesible through the DICTIONARY?

by Contributor agoldma
on ‎06-23-2016 02:08 PM

PhilC, that’s a good idea. I didn’t think of looking in the dictionary.

The FORMATS table in the dictionary (or the VFORMAT table in the SASHELP library) has some information about formats but no description.

by Regular Contributor
on ‎06-23-2016 04:40 PM

It should be. I mean I'd use the DICTIONARY.FORMATS dataset to search for formats matching key words in a hypothetical description field.  Beats having to concatenate all the PROC CATALOG results.  If it's appropriate to add this feature to this request... here's an another idea for the developers.

by Contributor louisehadden
on ‎11-17-2016 03:36 PM

This is a great idea.  Also it might be nice if FMTLIB output was brought into the 21st century...


by Contributor DaveShea
on ‎04-08-2017 05:27 AM

I agree with this suggestion.


In the same way that I encourage users to assign labels to variables at the time those variables are created, doing the same with a format/informat would be a really good idea. I have done a job recently where the site had several hundred formats with about four descriptions amongst them. Giving users a statement/option in Proc Format to assign a description at creation time can only be a good idea. Plus, when reading the code months or years later, the label self-documents the purpose of the format in the code.


Downunder Dave.

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