Step 2. Online Documentation

In this step, you will learn about the LANSA online help and documentation search facilities.

All LANSA documentation is accessed online from the LANSA documentation web site and displayed in your browser. Step 3. F1 Context Sensitive Help explains how to access help. Using F2 with a component displays all its properties, methods and events on the Features tab. If you then double click a property, event or method on the Features tab, detailed help will be displayed in the browser.

1.  In the LANSA Editor click on the Help icon at the right hand side of the ribbon area..

     The LANSA Documentation home page will be shown in your default browser.

For best results, we recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser to view the LANSA documentation.

2.  Click on the Developer's Guide link on the LANSA Documentation home page. This will open the Visual LANSA Developer's Guide.

3.  A Search box is always shown in the top right corner.

     Search searches the currently open guide.

4.  Try out different search options. For example, a search for External (or external) in the Visual LANSA Developer's Guide will return around 17 results. A search for External AND Resources (no quotes) will return around 6 results. Search words are case sensitive when you enclose them with double quotes.

5.  Note that when you click on a search result, the guide Contents opens to the section concerned. On the details page, each word in the search is highlighted in different colors

6.  Click the Remove Highlights toolbar button to clear highlighting.

7.  Click on the Previous toolbar button. Note that this goes to the previous section in the guide and expands the contents if necessary.

8.  Click on the Home toolbar button. Note that this will return to the LANSA Documentation home page. From the home page you can do a google search of all the guides.

9.  Return to Visual LANSA. You previously used the Help toolbar button to open the LANSA guides. Note that the editor also has a menu button at the top right.

     Contents opens the LANSA Documentation home page reviewed above.

     Using the Editor or ShortCuts opens these topics in the guides.

     LANSA Home Page and LANSA Technical Resources are links to the LANSA web site.

     About provides detailed information for your Visual LANSA software.

     If you are making a support call you may be asked to use the About dialog to save information about your installed software and configuration.

10. The button highlighted below hides or shows the ribbon area.