Joined: 06 Jul 2010 Posts: 658 Location: Whitby, ON, Canada
Cool. I haven't used TABS since my very first ISPF training course. Nice to see that they're good for something.
I usually follow Tip #1.
I am not a big fan of comment boxes anyway. Back in the days when program source listings were routinely printed they were a useful way to draw attention to the comments. Nowadays I prefer to use the ISPF Edit "HILITE COBOL" subcommand, which causes the comments to turn blue.
This is a very good tip! However, the user will have to turn the TABS off after each use so it doesn't affect the rest of your edit session.
Another good way to do this, is to use special characters in the body of the comment block, usually low-values. In the original example in the first post, make column 8 and column 71 inside the comment box be low-values. This way, you can TAB to each tab entry.
You can go through the ISPF tutorial to read about the other formats of tabbing in ISPF EDIT :