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A character-string is a character or a sequence of
contiguous characters that form a COBOL word, a literal, a
PICTURE character-string, or a comment-entry. Separators delimit
character-strings. The following sections describe these topics in
1.2.1 COBOL Words
A user-defined word or system-name cannot be a reserved word. However,
a program can use the same COBOL word as both a user-defined
word and a system-name. The compiler determines the word's class from
188.8.131.52 User-Defined Words
A user-defined word is a COBOL word that you must supply to satisfy the format of a clause or statement. This word consists of characters selected from the set A to Z, 0 to 9, the currency sign ($), underline (_), and hyphen (-). Throughout this manual, and except where specific rules apply, the hyphen (-) and the underline (_) are treated as the same character in a user-defined word. The underline (_), however, can begin or end a user-defined word, and the hyphen (-) cannot. By convention, names containing a currency sign ($) are reserved for Hewlett-Packard.
Table 1-2 provides brief descriptions of the COBOL user-defined words.
|Alphabet-Name||Assigns a name to a character set, collating sequence, or both. Alphabet-names must be defined in the SPECIAL-NAMES paragraph. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4, Environment Division.)|
|Class-Name||Relates a name to a specified set of characters listed in that clause. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4, Environment Division.)|
|Condition-Name||Assigns a name to a value, set of values, or range of values in the complete set of values that a data item can have. Data items with one or more associated condition-names are called conditional variables.|
|Data-Name||Names a data item described in a data description entry. When specified in a general format, data-name cannot be reference modified, subscripted, indexed, or qualified unless specifically allowed by the rules for that format.|
Names a file connector. A
is a storage area that contains information
about a file and is the link between:
File description entries and sort-merge file description entries describe file connectors.
|Index-Name||Names an index associated with a specific table.|
|Level-Number||Is a one- or two-digit number that describes a data item's special properties or its position in the structure of a record. (See Sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2.)|
|Library-Name||Names a COBOL library used in a source program compilation. (See the Section 8.1.1 statement in Chapter 8.)|
|Mnemonic-Name||Associates a name with a system-name, such as CONSOLE, SYSERR, ARGUMENT-NUMBER, ENVIRONMENT-NAME, C01, OR SWITCH-8. (See Section 4.1.3 in Chapter 4.)|
Names a Procedure Division
paragraph. (See Section 2.1.3.) Paragraph-names are equivalent only if
they are identical; that is, if they are composed of the same sequence
and number of digits and/or characters.
|Program-Name||Identifies a COBOL source program. (See the Section 3.1.1 paragraph in Chapter 3, and the section on Section 6.8.4 in Chapter 6, for a description of case-sensitivity on the Tru64 UNIX operating system. Also refer to the HP COBOL User Manual for a description of the -names lowercase , -names uppercase , and -names as_is flags.)|
|Record-Name||Names a data item described with level-number 01 or 77.|
|Report-Name||Names a report produced by the Report Writer Control System (RWCS). (See the Section 5.3.42 clause in Chapter 5.)|
|Screen-Name (Alpha, I64)||Names a screen item defined in the SCREEN SECTION of a program. (See the Section 5.3.6 section of Chapter 5.)<>|
|Section-Name||Names a Procedure Division section. Section-names are equivalent only if they are identical; that is, when they are composed of the same sequence and number of digits and/or characters. (See Section 2.1.2.)|
|Segmented-Key-Name||Identifies a segmented key, which is a concatenation of one or more (up to eight) data items (segments) within a record associated with an indexed file. A segmented key is a form of primary or alternate key. It offers flexibility in defining record description entries for indexed files. (Refer to the section on segmented keys in the HP COBOL User Manual.)|
|Segment-Number||Is a 1- or 2-digit number that classifies a Procedure Division section for segmentation. In HP COBOL programs, segment-numbers specify independent and fixed segments. (See Section 6.7.)|
|Symbolic-Character||Identifies a user-defined figurative constant.|
|Text-Name||Identifies library text in a COBOL library. (See the Section 8.1.1 statement in Chapter 8.)|
Within a given program, but excluding any contained program, the user-defined words are grouped into the following disjoint sets:
condition-names, data-names, and record-names
All user-defined words in a program, except segment-numbers and level-numbers, can belong to only one of these sets. User-defined words in each set must be unique, except as described in the rules for uniqueness of reference. (See Section 6.2).
Except for section-names, paragraph-names, segment numbers, and level-numbers, all user-defined words must contain at least one alphabetic character. Segment-numbers and level-numbers need not be unique. Any segment-number or level-number can be the same as any other segment-number or level-number.