Joined: 30 Nov 2013 Posts: 657 Location: The Universe
In truth, both X'50505050' and C'&&&&&&&&' are pretty bad: X'50505050' leaves you guessing what the H is this 50?!; and &&&&&&&&, well, it's pretty obvious what the character is, but 8 & characters to produce 4 & characters is sort of weird. 4C'&&' might be a little better!
The single quote character is also strange, C'STEVE''S EXAMPLES ARE AWFUL' is sort of OK, but
MSG DC 0CL133' ',C' I DON''T UNDERSTAND STRING '''
STRING DC CL8' ',CL(L'MSG-(*-MSG)''''
is a little hard to understand.
Similarly, text books always seem to use c*** like
TIME DC X'23595999'
TOD DC C' HH:MM:SS.SS'
That 24 character hex string is completely mysterious, but try typing it correctly! At least the TOD data area might take some of the mystery out of it.