2.14 Field Help Text

HELP text is information that is displayed to the user when the HELP key is used.

Generally Field Help text has these characteristics:

LANSA automatically controls the handling of the HELP key. In addition LANSA will automatically determine the type of HELP that is required (field, process or function) and automatically display the associated HELP text (if any exists).

LANSA can dynamically, and in the correct language, create the HELP text associated with a field from the dictionary and the rules that it contains. You can turn off this automatic field level help text feature globally, by field, or precede it with your own HELP text.

What LANSA cannot do is create the free format HELP text that is associated with the processes or functions. This is generally the task of the person who creates the process or function.

These sections deal with how HELP text is entered for fields. For details of how HELP text is entered for processes or functions refer to the Process and Function sections.

Once the HELP text has been entered LANSA will automatically display it at the appropriate time.

The actual method used to display HELP text is described in some detail in the Messages and the Help Key.

How to use LANSA's Help text features is described in the following topics: