- Is there any standard specification for copybook
     which I can reference. Searching on google only
     yielded examples of copybooks rather than the spec

     Any links would be appreciated !

   Here's the verbiage from the COBOL Reference regarding ILE COBOL standards
   ILE COBOL is designed to support Standard COBOL. Standard COBOL refers to
   the COBOL programming language as defined in the document entitled
   National Standard for Information Systems - Programming Language - COBOL,
   ANSI X3.23-1985, ISO 1989:1985, updated with the content of the following
   documents, in the order they are listed:
   v ANSI X3.23a-1989, American National Standard for Information Systems -
   Programming Language - Intrinsic Function Module for COBOL and ISO
   1989:1985/ Amd.1:1992
   About this Reference xxv
   v Programming Languages - COBOL, AMENDMENT 1: Intrinsic function module
   v ANSI X3.23b-1993, American National Standard for Information Systems -
   Programming Language - Correction Amendment for COBOL
   v ISO/IEC 1989 DAM2 Programming Languages - COBOL, AMENDMENT 2:
   Correction and clarification amendment for COBOL.
   v FIPS Publication 21-4, Federal Information Processing Standard 21-4,

   Here's the link to the V5R2 IBM Information Center:

   or for V5R3:


   On the left-hand frame, select 'Programming', then 'COBOL' (V5R3 adds
   another layer of 'Languages' between Programming and COBOL.

   This will give you links to all IBM's manuals regarding COBOL on OS/400
   (or i5/OS, if you prefer).

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