The COBOL date handler routines are extensions to support the OS/400 date data types.

So yes, these routines are an extension of the OS and are unique to OS/400.

Maybe I should have stated:

Every other software tool I have used handles this stuff consistently - at least the ones that are still around :)

If it was an obscure seldom-used part of COBOL I could understand it, but moving a date from an internal format to a exchangeable format - and the most common format in use - doesn't make sense to me.

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On 29 Nov 2012 09:36, Stone, Joel wrote:
Every other OS & DB mgmt system handles this stuff consistently - at
least the ones that are still around :)

So then the COBOL /language/ is apparently an OS or a DBMS? ;-)

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