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Fundamental Concepts for Using Base SAS Procedures

Output Delivery System

The Output Delivery System (ODS) gives you greater flexibility in generating, storing, and reproducing SAS procedure and DATA step output, with a wide range of formatting options. ODS provides formatting functionality that is not available from individual procedures or from the DATA step alone. ODS overcomes these limitations and enables you to format your output more easily.

Before Version 7, most SAS procedures generated output that was designed for a traditional line-printer. This type of output has limitations that prevent you from getting the most value from your results:

For more information on the Output Delivery System, see the SAS Output Delivery System: User's Guide.

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