>rec.field`` means unsigned assignment, rec.field` means a signed assignment. > >thing.field`` = 254 >thing.field` = -120 > >Easy. > >-D > >Ps. this is my first email from OS-X. Whee! Welcome to the OS-X-Files. Thannnkk yeoouuuu verrr' muccch for the info. I just re-read where Mr. P told me the same in an earlier "handle" letter, but I was unsure of which was which regardless. Bob D.