The Z data edit descriptor transfers hexadecimal (base 16) values. It takes the following form:
The value of m (the minimum number of digits in the constant) must not exceed the value of w (the field width). The m has no effect on input, only output.
The specified I/O list item can be of type integer, real, or logical.
Rules for Input Processing
On input, the Z data edit descriptor transfers w characters from an external field and assigns their hexadecimal value to the corresponding I/O list item. The external field must contain only hexadecimal digits (0 though 9 and A (a) through F(f)) or blanks.
If the value exceeds the range of the corresponding input list item, an error occurs.
The following shows input using the Z edit descriptor:
Format Input Value Z3 A94 A94 Z5 A23DEF A23DE Z5 95.AF2 An error; the decimal point is invalid
Rules for Output Processing
On output, the Z data edit descriptor transfers the hexadecimal value of the corresponding I/O list item, right-justified, to an external field that is w characters long.
The field consists of zero or more blanks, followed by an unsigned integer constant (consisting of hexadecimal digits) with no leading zeros. A negative value is transferred in internal form without a leading minus sign.
If m is specified, the unsigned integer constant must have at least m digits. If necessary, it is padded with leading zeros.
If m is zero, and the output list item has the value zero, the external field is filled with blanks.
The following shows output using the Z edit descriptor (the symbol ^ represents a nonprinting blank character):
Format Value Output Z4 32767 7FFF Z9 -32767 ^FFFF8001 Z2 16 10 Z4 -10.5 **** Z3.3 2708 A94 Z6.4 2708 ^^0A94
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