About dynamic templates

Dynamic templates are created by users and contain customized field definitions, consisting of the starting column, length and type of fields in the data set and, optionally, a field name to identify the information. These field definitions can be edited at any time. Dynamic templates are particularly useful when working with data sets that do not have an appropriate copybook.

A dynamic template can only contain one record layout. All fields defined are treated as Level 2 elementary items, with Z Data Tools generating the Level 1 group item for the record. The generated Level 1 has a calculated record length, determined by the rightmost byte referenced by the field definitions. Record selection must be specified by field - you cannot specify a free format selection expression for a dynamic template.

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