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Writing OCLC Macros

Purpose: To streamline routine cataloging procedures by utilizing automated commands in OCLC.

Introduction to Macros

What are macros?

Macros are short programs you write to automate routine tasks. Macros are built from commands. Each command does one step in the procedure you want to run automatically.

Creating and using macros is optional and requires some understanding of BASIC programming language.

The client supports macros written using OCLC Macro Language (OML), which provides:

  • Standard BASIC functions and statements
  • Object class and variables to provide the interface to client functionality
  • Macro commands developed specifically for client functions
Why use macros?

Using macros can help to:

  • Reduce the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks by running repetitive processing steps automatically
  • Standardize procedures to reduce errors and inconsistencies
  • Decrease staff time required for routine tasks

How to Use OCLC Macros
For full documentation and support relating to OCLC Connexion macros, see OCLC Documentation online.

Or, from a Connexion Client session select:
Help>Client Help (F1)>Contents>Client Basics>Use Macros

To use another method see: Using Text Strings in Connexion.

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