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The /SCALE qualifier specifies a scale factor between zero and six, inclusive. The scale factor affects only double-precision numbers. The format of the /SCALE qualifier is as follows: /SCALE=n The /SCALE qualifier helps to control accumulated round-off errors by multiplying floating-point values by 10 raised to the scale factor power before storing them in variables. The /SCALE qualifier is ignored for all but double-precision floating-point numbers. NOTE The /SCALE qualifier is provided for compatibility with VAX BASIC. Compaq recommends that you do not use this feature for new program development. Accumulated round-off errors can be better controlled with packed decimal numbers. See the Compaq BASIC for OpenVMS Alpha and VAX Systems Reference Manual for more information on packed decimal numbers. The default is /SCALE = 0.