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FORTRAN read statement
The read statement is an instruction for FORTRAN how to interpret an input file. The read statement can contain the following instructions: A reads characters, E reads real numbers, I reads integers and X skips positions.

The format string must be enclosed in parenthesis and apostrophes '(format spec.)'.

Example:   FORM= '(E15.3, 5X, E15.3)'
The format specification given above enables FORTRAN to read the first 15 characters from the file, the next 5 characters will be skipped, the next 15 characters will also be read.