## what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

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### what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

Hi All,

my understanding is: numeric 0 is 00H, but character '0' is F0H, anybody can tell me if it's right answer in Cobel? thanks,

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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

Well, it depends. COBOL has USAGE DISPLAY, USAGE COMP, USAGE COMP-1, USAGE COMP-2, USAGE COMP-3, USAGE COMP-4 and USAGE COMP-5 numeric variables. The format for a zero is different depending upon the usage clause:
DISPLAY X'F0'
COMP-1 X'40000000'
COMP-2 X'4000000000000000'
COMP-3 X'0C'
COMP X'0000'
also note that the length of the binary (COMP) variable shown is the minimum while the COMP-3 is PIC S9 COMP-3.

Character O (as in the letter between N and P in the alphabet) is X'D6' while the lower case o is X'96'
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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

thanks for your replay, my means is: character zero and numeric zero is the same in CObol? thanks,
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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

For a USAGE DISPLAY variable, the character zero and the number zero are the same -- F0 in hexadecimal. For any other USAGE, this is not a true statement.
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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

AAA Pic x value 0.

how do you know AAA is numeric zero or character zero? thanks, RObert Sample
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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

In this case you give, it doesn't matter whether AAA is character zero or number zero -- they are treated exactly the same. In fact, you can move AAA to a PIC 9 variable and use it for arithmetic if desired. Technically, AAA is an alphanumeric variable, not a numeric variable, so things like MOVE statements will work differently, depending on the receiving variable, but a variable BBB PIC 9 VALUE ZERO looks exactly the same in a dump -- hexadecimal F0.
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### Re: what is difference about numeric 0 and charcter '0'?

thank you very much, Mr. RObert sample, It's very clear!
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