At 09:31 AM 5/6/1998 -0500, you wrote:
>To me it seems that the major problem with indicators is that their
meaning is 
>not self documenting. This is fine if the use of lefthand indicators is
local to
>the subroutine or function. If the value of the indicator is global in
>you should assign the indicator value to a named variable.
>C                       CHAIN   MSTFILE                      50
>C                       eval              EOF_MSTFIL = *in50

I agree wholeheartedly. I've been in situations where the same set of
indicators is used for all subfile control functions (SFLDSP = not SFLCLR,
SFLDSPCTL, SFLEND, etc.). I would save the block of contiguous indicators
in a suitably long variable when leaving the subfile via an option. Then
other subfiles within the option can use their own set. And all that is
needed is to restore (MOVEA) the previous set on redisplay coming out.

Hope that made a little sense!  :-)

Vernon Hamberg
Systems Software Programmer
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55401-2499
(612) 371-1111 x480

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