|Formats under OpenVMS|
A SAS format is an instruction or template that SAS uses to write data values. Most SAS formats are described completely in SAS Language Reference: Dictionary. The formats that are described here have behavior that is specific to SAS under OpenVMS.
Many of the SAS formats that have details that are specific to the OpenVMS operating environment are used to write binary data. For more information, see Writing Binary Data under OpenVMS.