I don't do a lot of COBOL anymore (it is still used in our company), but I don't see how column 4 and 65 indicate COBOL areas. If the line was at 7 where the asterisk goes, or 8 where the code starts it would make more sense then 4. And the code can go out to 72 columns (I think) so the line at column 65 cuts right through the code.

Oh well, I spent enough time looking for a way to move those lines so folks that want to use VSCode for COBOL will just have to live with them. (Or maybe one of them will be smarter than me.)

Dave Begley

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Those line show different "areas" in COBOL code. There are more than 3 areas, but these three are good to know:
Indicator Area
Area A
Area B

Basically, those vertical lines tell you which column some things need to start. For example, an asterisk in the Indicator Area makes the line comment, and a dash in the Indicator Area continues a long line of code. Section names begin in Area A. The code within a section begins in Area B. You probably wouldn't want to "turn off" these lines for COBOL development.


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