DAPL Text Formatting Commands

Some special processing commands convert data to a text representation consistent with the original data types, with some control of formatting.

FORMAT (parameters)
Convert data into a text form and transfer it to the host. FORMAT tasks can display the values of constants, variables, strings, sample counts, and pipe data streams. All basic data types are supported. Integer values can be displayed in decimal or hexadecimal format. Floating point values can be displayed in fixed-fraction or scientific notation format.
Send all data to the PC using a default text format.

Ordinary data copy commands transfer data in a binary form and are more efficient.