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Category Syntax
Subject Cobol
(1) A group item that is defined without a GROUP-USAGE NATIONAL clause. For operations such as INSPECT, STRING, and UNSTRING, an alphanumeric group item is processed as though all its content were described as USAGE DISPLAY regardless of the actual content of the group. For operations that require processing of the elementary items within a group, such as MOVE CORRESPONDING, ADD CORRESPONDING, or INITIALIZE, an alphanumeric group item is processed using group semantics.
(2) A literal that has an opening delimiter from the following set: ', ", X', X", Z', or Z". The string of characters can include any character in the character set of the computer.