Over the years that I have been using SAS I kept double clicking on the
format entries in a SAS catalog, intuitively expecting to get some
meaningful information about those entries. Each time it annoyed me that
that is not the case.
Some time ago I saw, on Richard A. DeVenezia's web site, how you can change the action taken when you double click on an item in the SAS Explorer: SAS Explorer Actions. This inspired me to try and do something about these format entries.
I now have written a first version of an application that comes into action
if you double click a format entry (see the screendump - click on it for a larger
It shows the content of a format entry, more or less organised in the way the PROC FORMAT code would look like. You can edit the fields, and you can ask the application to generate the PROC FORMAT code to rebuild the format. You can then edit this code and, If you say so, this code will also run upon exiting the application.
You can view the program, or download the .SAS file.
I have checked the program on Windows XP Home, but I see no reason why it should not run on other platforms as well. Of course, it still may contain bugs. Run it at your own risk! If you experience any bugs, or have suggestions for improvements, please let me know. But: I cannot guarantee that I can do something about it...It appears I am not the first to develop an application like this. Randy Herbison has done something similar, and has presented it at SUGI-29 (Montréal, 2004): A Format Viewer for the SAS® Explorer. There are differences in approach, of course.