*Conan The Librarian
A directive is a structured comment that is interpreted by the
compiler. All Compaq COBOL directives begin with the charaters "*DC",
where the asterisk (*) signals the beginning of the structured
comment to the compiler. Compaq COBOL provides directives for
The syntax of the ALIGNMENT directives is as follows:
*DC SET ALIGNMENT
*DC SET NOALIGNMENT
*DC END-SET ALIGNMENT
You can use these ALIGNMENT directives to alter the current
alignment for binary data by specifying new alignment information
from within your source program.
The SET ALIGNMENT directive specifies natural alignment.
The SET NOALIGNMENT directive specifies OpenVMS VAX compatible
The END-SET ALIGNMENT directive terminates the current SET ALIGNMENT
(or SET NOALIGNMENT) directive.
You can also nest these ALIGNMENT directives within a source program
by specifying dirrerent alignments for a set of data items.
For more information about the ALIGNMENT directives, see the online
help on /ALIGNMENT and the COBOL User Manual.