Overview: Using the Output Delivery System

Most SAS procedures use the Output Delivery System (ODS) to manage their output. ODS enables you to do the following:

  • display your output in hypertext markup language (HTML), rich text format (RTF), portable document format (PDF), PostScript, SAS listing, or other formats

  • create SAS data sets directly from tables or plots

  • select or exclude individual pieces of output

  • customize the layout, format, headers, and style of your output

  • produce graphs with ODS Graphics (see Chapter 21, Statistical Graphics Using ODS )

This chapter discusses some typical applications of ODS with SAS software. For complete documentation about the Output Delivery System, see the SAS Output Delivery System: User's Guide.