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OPTIONS(*BOOL) would only work for parameters.
Another possibility is a new BOOL data type, defaulting to 4-byte integer. BOOL, BOOL(1), BOOL(2), BOOL(4), BOOL(8). And new *TRUE and *FALSE values, which would work with both BOOL and IND. *ON and *OFF would work with with BOOL too.
A BOOL definition would be compatible with both indicators and integers.
Adding a BOOL data type would be more complex for the compiler than a new parameter option and some new return-value mechanism, but it might be better for the language.
Newcomers to RPG would be more comfortable with BOOL, *TRUE, *FALSE, than with IND, *ON, *OFF.
BUT it might also be more confusing for newcomers, since there would be two true/false data types: bool and indicator.
We welcome discussion about these questions in the comments.
- Barbara Morris, IBM