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ASSIGN and assigned GO TO Statements


These two executable statements are normally used together. The ASSIGN statement assigns a statement label value to an integer variable. When this has been done the variable no longer has an arithmetic value. If the label is attached to an executable statement the variable can only be used in an assigned GO TO statement; if attached to a FORMAT statement the variable can only be used in a READ or WRITE statement. The general forms of these statements are:

ASSIGN label TO integer-variable

GO TO integer-variable ,(label, label, ... label)

In the assigned GO TO statement the comma and the entire parenthesised list of labels is optional.

Assigned GO TO can be used to provide a linkage to and from a section of a program unit acting as an internal subroutine, but is not a very convenient or satisfactory way of doing this.

Helen Rowlands