Yes. In your example, each 88 level defines one possible value of the 05
level variable.

They are somewhat analogous to the options in a drop-down box on a web
page. For example, when you click on a drop-down box for the state in
which you live, you are given a list of states as options. In COBOL this
would be:

05 WS-STATE-OF-RESIDENCE PIC XX.
88 WS-ILLINOIS VALUE "IL".
88 WS-CALIFORNIA VALUE "CA".

As mentioned by John, you can then use the 88 level name in your program
logic. Instead of coding:

IF ERROR-CODE-CS50004 = "ON"

You can code:

IF OBJECT-NOT-FND-CS50004

Thanks,
Kelly

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if my failing memory is correct:

01 PASSED-PARAMETERS-CS50004.
05 ERROR-CODE-CS50004 PIC XX.
88 OBJECT-NOT-FND-CS50004 VALUE "ON".
88 USER-NOT-FND-CS50004 VALUE "UN".
88 ENTRY-NOT-FND-CS50004 VALUE "NF".

the 88 is always a constant value correct?

Thanks,
Tommy Holden
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