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Tips:INFORMAT Modifiers on the INPUT Statement
When you read raw data using LIST-style input in conjunction with INFORMATS, it is essential that you have a good grasp of three INFORMAT modifiers. These symbols give you a lot more flexibility when reading complex data. These modifiers include:
&allows embedded blanks in character variables
:allows the use of informats for non-aligned columns
~allows the use of quotation marks within data fields
Submitted by Art Carpenter. Contact me at my Discussion Page.
For more information, see Chapter 1 of Reading External Data Files Using SAS: Examples Handbook