Why is this an issue?
LINKAGE section describes data made available from another program through the CALL statement. The data structure defined in a
LINKAGE section should be located in a COPYBOOK. Otherwise, at runtime multiple COBOL programs may try to share data structures which are
First level data items can also be defined in the main program as long as there are no structural pieces of information attached to this first
level like the length, the format, and so on.
This rule raises an issue only on the first invalid data item of a
Noncompliant code example
01 LK-DATA. *> Noncompliant
05 LK-LENGTH PIC S9(04) COMP.
05 LK-VARIABLE PIC X(08).