The H edit descriptor transfers data between the external record and the H edit descriptor itself. The H edit descriptor is a deleted feature in Fortran 95; it was obsolescent in Fortran 90. Compaq Fortran fully supports features deleted in Fortran 95.
An H edit descriptor has the form of a Hollerith constant, as follows:
The range of n is 1 through 2147483647 (2**31-1) on Alpha and ia64 processors; 1 through 32767 (2**15-1) on ia32 processors. Actual useful ranges may be constrained by record sizes (RECL) and the file system.
On input, the H edit descriptor transfers n characters from the external field to the edit descriptor. The first character appears immediately after the letter H. Any characters in the edit descriptor before input are replaced by the input characters.
On output, the H edit descriptor causes n characters following the letter H to be output to an external record.
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