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An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM Information Management System by Steve Nathan, Sandy Sherrill, Rick Long, Moira McFadden Lanyi, Margaret Wilson, Kenny Blackman, John Butterweck, Diane Goff, Barbara Klein

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Chapter 17. Editing and Formatting Messages

IMS uses two methods to edit and format messages to and from terminals: Message Format Service (MFS) and basic edit routines. IMS also provides exit routines to edit:

• Input and output from a terminal

• Transaction codes

• Input message fields

• Input message segments

• Message switching

This chapter presents an overview of MFS and the IMS basic edit function, introduces MFS control blocks for message formatting, and summarizes the responsibilities of the MFS administrator.

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Message Format Service

Basic Edit Function

Message Format Service

MFS is an IMS facility that creates and formats transaction input and output metadata to support device-independent application programming. IMS ...

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