Reader Feedback and Insights: Displaying Menu Options
October 2, 2002 Timothy Prickett Morgan
In the September 18 issue of Midrange Guru, OS/400 Edition, “Odds and Ends” column, you discuss in your answer to the last question, which discusses using DSPMSGD with RANGE(*ALL). Yes, this works OK, but I don’t like to see them one at a time. DETAIL(*BASIC) displays up to ten menu option commands in a subfile list that you can see on the page at once and then roll to see more.
Keep up the good work.
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