Advanced Function Presentation and Printing (MF6000)

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About this Course

This course provides training in the use of Advanced Function Presentation and Printing (AFP). Concepts, AFP products, and printers will be explained. Hands-on exercises will accelerate the student’s proficiency for developing AFP software. Upon completion, the student will be able to develop and maintain AFP applications using GML, SCRIPT/VS, PMF, PPFA and OGL.

Audience Profile

Application programmers responsible for developing and maintaining AFP print applications in the MVS and z/OS environment.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the AFP environment
  • Create AFP documents using Generalized Markup Language (GML) and SCRIPT
  • Alter page segments using the Print Management Facility (PM F)
  • Define form definitions and page definitions using the Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA)
  • Create overlays using the Overlay Generation Language (OGL)
  • Use control records (IMM and IDM) within a program or file
  • Code appropriate JCL, TSO or CMS commands to utilize AFP
  • Use the AFP Viewer to browse
  • AFP objects before printing


Participants should have a basic understanding of the mainframe, along with TSO/ISPF and JCL ability.

Course Outline

  • AFP Overview
  • GML - A Primer
  • Coding SCRIPT/VS Control Words
  • Using Fonts
  • Page Segment
  • Building Overlays
  • Page Definition
  • Form Definition
  • JCL and TSO Processing