The DATFMT keyword specifies the internal date format for date literals and the default internal format for date fields within the program. You can specify a different internal date format for a particular field by specifying the format with the DATFMT keyword on the definition specification for that field.

Start of changeThe default date format for definitions can be temporarily changed using the /SET and /RESTORE directives. See /SET.End of change

If the DATFMT keyword is not specified, the *ISO format is assumed. For more information on internal formats, see Internal and External Formats. Table 1 describes the various date formats and their separators.