< > (Macro name delimiters)

Marks the start and end of a macro name in an application program.

Syntax

<name>

Parameters

name

The name to be assigned to a global macro, or a digit from 0 to 9 referring to one of the local macros belonging to the current macro program.

Comments

A macro is a dynamically declared name that represents a character string. When a macro call is encountered in an application program, the macro call is replaced by the current character value of the macro.

A macro acquires values in one of two ways: implicitly, when the software encounters a call to a previously unknown global macro or unassigned local macro, or explicitly, in a LET or INPUT statement or a call to a local macro.

Example

let <Fred> = "ENT"

Defines the global macro <Fred> to represent the string ENT. Then the statement

list #<Fred>s format #<Fred>Name

is interpreted as

list ENTs format ENTName

 

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