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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 13, 2022

Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow should navigate syntactic word boundaries

RDI does not properly recognize token boundaries when navigating text. In Windows text editors, Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right are used to move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous or next word. This navigation does function in RDI, but moves the cursor too far in most cases.

Use Case:

Problems are as follows:

* Parenthesis, quotes, etc should be recognized as word boundaries.
* An extra "stop" should occur at the last non-whitespace on a line

ctl-opt bnddir('LIB/SOMEBIND': 'ANOTHER');

with the cursor on the "b" in bnddir, Ctrl+Right Arrow should stop in the following places: before the first parenthesis, before the first single-quote, before the L in LIB, before the /, before the S in SOMEBIND, before the second ', before the :, etc.

instead, it moves all the way to before the third single-quote, only recognizing the space as a word boundary.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2024

    Good luck! I requested this functionality, though worded differently, in 2016.

  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Aug 8, 2023

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority Idea that should be addressed.

    Yes, this request is valid. Its very annoying that CTRL + right or left arrow does not work like other IDEs. One ESPECIAL case is prolactic qualafied object which ends up getting both part of it instead of just the one.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba- CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Feb 7, 2022

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

  • Guest
    Jan 25, 2022

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems
    Component - RPG/COBOL Development Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Application Development
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2022

    this looks to be a of dupilcate or similar to

  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2022

    For me the current implementation is fine... I'd like to skip to "next parameter", not every part of 'LIB/SOMEBIND'.

    This is different from double clicking a word... it now selects the whole part where I would rather see it selecting a single word.