Kurt Anderson
Sr. Programmer/Analyst - Application Development, Service Delivery Platform

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From: WDSCI-L [mailto:wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Edmund Reinhardt
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:38 PM
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Subject: [WDSCI-L] Should the labels in the outline view use free-form syntax

Hi folks
I am revisiting the outline view labels because I need to support the new TIMESTAMP fractional seconds.
It occurs to be that the outline labels are verbose compared to the new free form syntax. The new free form syntax could provide more information with less screen real estate.
For example for files
myExternal: DISK Externally Described
myInternal: PRINTER Program Described
myExternal: DISK(*EXT)
myInternal: PRINTER(132)

This would even allow for more keywords to be shown like EXTDESC, TEMPLATE, QUALIFIED, ALIAS

For fields we currently have
myField: Character (100) VARYING(4)
myUcs: UCS-2(40) VARYING(2)
myPtr: Pointer(16) PROCPTR DIM(10)
myNum: Packed Decimal (10: 2)
myField: VARCHAR(100:4)
myUcs: VARUCS(40)
myNum: PACKED(10:2)

Here the difference is not as clear but there are many more keywords shown on fields that could be obscured by the longer names.
On the other hand, the data type names are translated to your local language and may make things like UNS (Unsigned) to be obvious.

Please let me know whether you would prefer things shown in the terser standard free form RPG or the the Verbose translated labels?
I do not want to have a preference, I would prefer to switch and have a single standard way of doing this.


Edmund (E.H.) Reinhardt
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