From: Tom Liotta


In short, block-copy generally involves a block of characters rather
than whole lines. However, when I use it, it's available through the
iSeries Access emulator and not through any special feature of SEU.
Block-copy can be done in WDSC, but it's always seemed cumbersome to me.

You're absolutely right in that block copy is a 5250 thing, not an SEU
thing.  More to the point, it's a monospaced font thing.  While there's
nothing stopping a GUI from supporting the same sort of block copy feature,
it is of somewhat less value in a proportional font.

The LPEX editor's way to do it (Use ALT-R to mark the top left and lower
right corners of your block, which is then highlighted, and then move your
cursor to the target location and press ALT-Z) is a little more cumbersome
than the click-and-drag of iSeries Access, but not much.  For one thing, in
the LPEX editor the block can span more than just the visible lines.  Can't
do that in SEU.

By the way, in LPEX Editor preferences, you can change the default "block"
function to mark a rectangle rather than a stream.  This makes it possible
to do a click-and-drag to mark a block, then position your cursor to the
target area and hit ALT-Z to copy the block.  However, I don't like this
default mode; I much prefer be able to mark multiple lines of code by simply
dragging the cursor downward.

Joe



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