Repeating Fields and Groups with OCCURS
OCCURS DEPENDING ON are fairly simple concepts. They simply
indicate how many times a field type, or group of field types, will repeat
themselves in the record.
A classic example is a record containing invoices.
Instead of having a normalized set of tables/files, one for invoice header data and one for the lines of the invoice keyed by the invoice number or some other= foriegn key, there is just a single row with the invoice line group OCCURing a certain number of times.
This can be a static number with the OCCURS statement or can be a dynamic range
that dependent on the value found within another field with the
OCCURS DEPENDING ON statement.