SAS Institute Alert Note SN-003917

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Date: Wed Dec 13 2000 - 07:28:49 EST

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    SN-003917 ***Alert Note***

    Values for numeric columns of length less than 8 not saved correctly
    from New mode of VIEWTABLE window

    Product: SAS/AF
    Component: General AF applications
    Priority: ALERT

      If you use the VIEWTABLE window to create a new data set (New mode in
      Table View mode) and the data set contains numeric columns of length
      less than 8, the values of those columns may not be saved correctly.
      These values may instead be saved as 0 or very small numbers displayed
      in E-notation.

      To circumvent this problem, specify a length of 8 for numeric columns.
      If you wish to create numeric columns with lengths less than 8, you can
      create the data set via the FSEDIT or FSVIEW procedures or you can
      create an empty data set (no rows) via the DATA step and then add data
      to the data set via the VIEWTABLE window. Another alternative would be
      to use the VIEWTABLE window in New mode to set the column attributes and
      then save the data set before adding data to the data set. Once the
      data set has been saved, close the VIEWTABLE window and then reopen the
      VIEWTABLE window to add rows of data to the newly saved data set.

      viewtable new mode table view numeric variables column length lt less
      than eight 8 zero 0 wrong incorr lost not saved data values value
      values for numeric columns of length less than 8 not saved correctly
      from new mode of viewtable window
      003917 3917

    SAS Note Revised On: Tue, 5 Dec 2000

    System Version Reported Version Fixed

    IBM OS/2 7 TSP1
    IBM OS/2 8 TSM0
    Windows NT 7 TSP1
    Windows NT 8 TSM0
    Windows 2000 8 TSM0
    Windows 95 7 TSP1
    Windows 95 8 TSM0
    Windows 98 7 TSP1
    Windows 98 8 TSM0

    No Fixes Available

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