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4.1.6 CLASS Clause




X >_Workstation_> Under AIX, OS/2, and Windows, you cannot specify the CLASS
X clause if the code page in effect is a DBCS or EUC code page.
X <_Workstation_<

CLASS class-name-1 IS
Provides a means for relating a name to the specified set of characters listed in that clause. Class-name can be referenced only in a class condition. The characters specified by the values of the literals in this clause define the exclusive set of characters of which this class-name consists.


X >_Host_> Under OS/390 and VM, the class-name in the CLASS clause can
X be a DBCS user-defined word. <_Host_<

literal-4, literal-5
If numeric, must be unsigned integers and must have a value that is greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to the number of characters in the alphabet specified. Each number corresponds to the ordinal position of each character in the EBCDIC or ASCII collating
X series. Cannot be specified as floating-point literals or as DBCS
X literals.

If nonnumeric, the literal is the actual EBCDIC or ASCII character. Literal-4 and literal-5 must not specify a symbolic-character figurative constant. If the value of the nonnumeric literal contains multiple characters, each character in the literal is included in the set of characters identified by class-name.

If the nonnumeric literal is associated with a THROUGH phrase, it must be one character in length.

THROUGH, THRU
THROUGH and THRU are equivalent. If THROUGH is specified, class-name includes those characters beginning with the value of literal-4 and ending with the value of literal-5. In addition, the characters specified by a THROUGH phrase can specify characters in either ascending or descending order.


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