12.6.15 FORM Specifier

The FORM specifier indicates whether the file is being connected for formatted or unformatted data transfer. It takes the following form:

FORM = fm

Is a scalar default character expression that evaluates to one of the following values:

'FORMATTED'   Indicates formatted data transfer 
'UNFORMATTED'   Indicates unformatted data transfer 

The default is 'FORMATTED' for sequential access files, and 'UNFORMATTED' for direct and keyed access files.

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