Hi all, After comments of Mark Chappell, Robert Purves, and Brian Stevens I conclude that FB, when suitably configured, allows and will allow v%, v&, v!, v#, v$ to be distinct variables of the traditional types. It is good to maintain (even expand by && `` $$ etc.) the expressivity of FB notations. Programming styles vary, and for several good reasons. In the past, FB also allowed V%, V&, V!, V#, V$ as 5 more distinct variables. I dearly wish this freedom would be restored (under a suitable configuration). Incidentally, restoration of this past Future Basic freedom (of versions =< 2) would be less trouble for the fb2c converter than are the Basic suffixes above --- because variable names in c are always case sensitive whilst c does not use our suffixes. I like succinct variable names supported by very readable comments; others like florrid variable names supported by cryptic comments. Let each programmer choose his style! Laurent S.