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Are You at Odds with ODS?

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The introduction of the Output Delivery System (ODS) in the SAS® System version 7 gave programmers a consistent mechanism for formatting output from SAS Procedures and Data steps to printers and HTML. The defaults provided by ODS are more than adequate for formatting simple reports, but are not necessarily ideal for other types of reports, particularly if standards exist for company reporting.

This paper will discuss the different options for customising and standardising ODS-formatted HTML reports, using examples for PROC REPORT, PROC TABULATE and the Data Step.

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This paper was included in my book Power User's Guide to SAS Programming published by in 2008.

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