DATE or TEXT depending on the data type that is expected:
When you display a returned DATE value, the value has the format specified by the date template in the DATEFORMAT option. When the day of the week or the name of the month is used in the date template, TODAY uses the day names specified in the DAYNAMES option and the month names specified in the MONTHNAMES option.
Where a text value is expected. TODAY automatically converts the date to a TEXT value, using the current template in the DATEFORMAT option to format the text value. When you want to override the current DATEFORMAT template, you can convert the date result to text by using the CONVERT function with a date-format argument.
The following statements send the current date in DATE format to the current outfile.
DATEFORMAT = '<wtextl> <mtextl> <d>, <yyyy>' SHOW TODAY
When the current date is January 15, 1996, then these statements produce the following output.
Monday January 15, 1996