Aligning Parameters on Word and Double Word Boundaries

COBOL places no restrictions on the alignment of the addresses of data items, whereas in languages such as C and assembler, it is normal for numeric items to be aligned on word or double-word boundaries.

Make sure that you correctly align any numeric parameters that are not level-01 data items in the COBOL program, or that are in a parameter block passed as a single item.

To align numeric items, you can: