The Statement Keyword

The statement keyword is usually an action word (such as COMPUTE, SET, or READ). The keyword indicates to APPX which statement to invoke. When you begin to specify a statement after you enter the keyword, APPX provides you with a template to assist you in entering the remaining statement components. The keyword is always eight or fewer characters long and consists of letters and, in some cases, embedded spaces. The only exceptions to this pattern are the comment keywords, denoted by * and **. The keyword must be entered exactly as specified in the statement description provided in Chapter 4-6: ILF Keyword Reference. For example:


The statement in this example invokes the logic associated with the BEG READ keyword. Notice that there is an embedded space between the two parts of the keyword.