Format of Text Data Files

Data provided in text data files can be provided in scalar, list or tabular format. While the scalar and list formats can also be used in ordinary expressions, the tabular formats are only allowed for data initialization. This chapter discusses the general format of text data files with special emphasis on the two possible tabular formats. Data provided in text files can only be read through the use of the READ statement which is discussed in Syntax of the READ and WRITE Statements.