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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 12, 2016

Respect punctuation when using keyboard navigation

When using ctrl-rightarrow and ctrl-leftarrow to navigate a source line, please repsect the punctuation of the language and stop more often than just on the blank spots. For example, the C++ and C parsers very nicely stop on every comma, bracket, paren, and blank space (it even stops on the uppercase letters in camel-cased words (like AddUserRequestString) which I consider annoying).

Use Case:

Many of us RPGLE programmers do not use the mouse to navigate source, we use the keyboard to move left and right on a line. Some programmers like to code without spaces between parens, colons, commas and variables (like in most C code). IN RPGLE using the LPEX editor, this makes the source line one long unbroken string and the keyboard navigation is less than useful. Right now locally we have taken to coding with spaces between things just to get this effect in the lpex editor. For example, instead of coding this:


we code it like this:

someFunction( %addr( p1Parm1 ) : %size( p1Parm1 ) );

just because the editor will not stop on punctuation marks. Now, yes it looks better and is more readable, but is unnecessary when the editor supports interpretation of the language-specific punctuation.

Even the editor used for this web form input box stops on punctuation marks when using ctrl-right and ctrl-left.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jun 18, 2020

    This RFE is a duplicate of another RFE. See RFE82107( for current status.

  • Guest
    Aug 18, 2016

    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.