If the HELP key or the HELP function key is pressed at any time while executing a user written LANSA process or function and the screen cursor is NOT on the same line as a message then user written HELP text associated with the process, function, or fields used by the function can be reviewed.
If the user is a LANSA developer, then both user written technical and user HELP text will be displayed. Otherwise, only user written user HELP text will be displayed.
Exactly what level of HELP text is displayed depends upon what the user was doing, and where the screen cursor was, when the HELP key was pressed. For instance:
To illustrate this point, the following screen format shows what the screen would look like after the user has pressed the HELP function key while displaying a process main menu called CUSTOMERS.
Note: The user defined process level HELP text overlays the lower portion of the process menu in a "window". The advantage of the window over a full screen presentation is that it visually reminds the user what he/she was doing when the HELP function key was used.
While the HELP text window is on display you can only work with the facilities available within in it, these include:
If the "Contents" function key was used on this display, a new window would overlay the lower portion of the screen.
Working from this table of contents, you may elect to: