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Tabular Reporting Data Standard

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Executive Summary

This paper demonstrates a reporting data standard to map a tabular output table to a single standardized data set. This process can significantly standardize program code, increase readability, help reduce validation work, help facilitate future revisions, and provide a data standard to build a reporting application. Due to different table output formats, report programs usually contain many different temporary data sets structures to convert the raw extracted data into a form usable to macros and procedures to create tabular output tables. This complicates future revisions and validation as different coding styles and temporary data set formats make reading program code from various programmers difficult.

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