The Identification Division must be the first division in every
COBOL source program. It names the program and may include the date
the program was written, the date of compilation, and other such documentary
information about the program.
Identification Division - Format
1 IBM® Extension
2 Allowed only for nested COBOL programs
The first paragraph of the Identification Division must be the
PROGRAM-ID paragraph. The other paragraphs are optional, but, when
written, must appear in the order shown in the format.
The abbreviation ID DIVISION may be substituted
for the standard division header, and the optional paragraphs may
be in any order.
Note: The SEU Syntax Checker requires that the first
sentence of the following paragraph headers begin on the same line
as the paragraph header:
Figure 1 shows how the coding
for the Identification Division should look.