>>> 
>>>  
>> I don’t think the slash is one of the ASA control characters 
> 
> It's not.  Tim said it -- it indicates end of record.  A FORMAT statement 
> gives the layout for one or more records.  The fields separated by commas 
> specify the consecutive parts of a single record; each / is a record 
> boundary.  Also, the end of the FORMAT corresponds to the end of record.  In 
> the DEC implementation, for terminals, trailing $ meant "do not end the 
> record", i.e., don't insert newline at this point.  That was used for prompt 
> strings in interactive applications written in FORTRAN.
>  
Oh, I see it now. So it’s the equivalent for the PL/I ‘SKIP’ format idem. I 
stand corrected.

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