Formatted input is a very powerful method for reading both standard
and nonstandard data in fixed fields.
General form, INPUT statement
using formatted input:
pointer-control positions the input
pointer on a specified column
variable is the name of the
informat is the special instruction that
specifies how SAS reads the raw data.
this chapter, you'll work with two column pointer controls.
The @n moves the input pointer to a specific
The +n moves the input pointer forward to a
column number that is relative to the current position.
Let's first look at the
@n column ...