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report writer in MicroFocus

report writer in MicroFocus

report writer in MicroFocus


I am not experienced in using the report writer of COBOL. I worked most of the time in an IBM environment which does not work with that.

I maintain some programs. After a change with all kinds of direct PCL5 commands for HP Laserjet, suddenly the system creates a new-page character on a place that is in the middle of the page. So there is something wrong. My fault, but I don't understand the cause yet. I saw some pcl5 statements with *p#####Y format. I read about the DPI's: 300 or 600 for this type of printer. Both are possible. I am afraid one of the commands forces a switch, the old program uses a very high number as a kind of Y value in the 600DPI range ..... But are there also other things that generates a sudden new-page???? Things like a definition on certain columns with values and later on, on the same line a kind of implicit redefines because the values in an earlier definition are touched by a later column definition with identifier.... things like that, perhaps something you can easily do with a normal working-storage definition but not with a report???? I could not find a nice manual for this. Please point me to some good manuals for MF cobol and report-writer...


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