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The PTOA function converts a number from numeric format to alphanumeric format. It retains the decimal positions of the number and right-justifies it with leading spaces. You can also add edit options to a number converted by PTOA.

When using PTOA to convert a number containing decimals to a character string, you must specify an alphanumeric format large enough to accommodate both the integer and decimal portions of the number. For example, a P12.2C format is converted to A14. If the output format is not large enough, the right-most characters are truncated.

PTOA(number, '(format)',output)

where:

`number`-
Numeric P (packed-decimal) or F or D (single and double precision floating-point)

Is the number to be converted.

`format`-
Alphanumeric

Is the format of the number enclosed in parentheses.

`output`-
Alphanumeric

The length of this argument must be greater than the length of

*number*and must account for edit options and a possible negative sign.

PTOA converts PGROSS from packed-decimal to alphanumeric format.

PTOA(PGROSS, FMT, 'A17')

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