Application data record (*)

Application data records of exported forms, reports, or prompted queries allow application programs to associate their own data with an object in the external file. Application programs frequently use these records as comment records to further describe the object in the file.

The information that follows the asterisk is ignored and has no effect on the input process.

Application data records can appear anywhere in the external file except before the header (H) record. QMF does not write out application data records upon export. However, you can use these records in the data set or CICS® data queue you create. The contents of an application data record are shown in this table:

Table 1. Contents of an application data record
Byte position Description
01 Application data record identifier (*)
02-end of record Data

Here is an example of an application data record that appears in an exported form:

*This is the form that groups by DEPT.