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Essential ODS Techniques for Creating Reports in PDF

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From: Thornton, S. P. (2006) ‘Essential ODS Techniques for Creating Reports in PDF.’ Paper in the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Conference, Irvine, California


This paper lists and briefly describes ODS techniques that I have found most useful in capturing SAS 9 results and creating user friendly PDF reports on a Windows operating system. The techniques are presented for the beginning SAS user with examples and references to more detailed papers. The ODS techniques include capturing one-way frequency output to a data set, creating a PDF document, changing styles, controlling page setup (e.g. orientation, date, title, and footnote), using PUT, and formatting and traffic-lighting PROC REPORT.

Selected References

Bessler, L. (2005). 'Getting started with, and getting the most out of, SAS ODS PDF: No mastery of PROC TEMPLATE required.' SAS Conference Proceedings: Technical Solutions, Phuse, Heidelberg, Germany.

Cartier, J. (2002). 'Visual styles for V9 SAS output.'

Delaney, K.P. (2003) 'ODS PDF: It’s not just for printing anymore.' SAS Conference Proceedings: Data Presentation Section, SUGI 28, Seattle, Washington, US.

Gupta, S. K. (2001). 'Using styles and templates to customize SAS ODS output.' SAS Conference Proceedings: Advanced Tutorials, SUGI 26, Seattle, Washington, US.

McNeill, S. (2001) 'Changes and Enhancements for ODS by Example (through version 8.2).' SAS Conference Proceedings: Advanced Tutorials, SUGI 26, Long Beach, California, US.

Rath, V. (2002). 'How to change the template and table of contents for SAS web applications.' Washington DC, SAS Users Group 2002 First Quarter Meeting.

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