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How do you put an F1 help in a Menu?
« on: July 15, 2010, 02:32:57 PM »
How do you put an F1 help in a Menu item?
I noticed some menu items display help if you press F1. 
In /MD using (F10 + Help ) there appears to be an option for "Prompt Help (F1)" but then the cursor goes to the menu item's description so I don't understand.
On the bottom of the screen it says:
"Text to appear on the menu for this option. Specify L for separator line in conjunction with type L in Type prompt."
I even edited the menu record that had an F1 help and apparently the F1 help is not kept in the menu record.
Any idea how to accomplish this task?

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Re: How do you put an F1 help in a Menu?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 06:39:17 AM »
On my system, the process /OH can be used to add Online Help to a menu option.  When you're in the menu (not /MD), type /OH while on the option, and you will get a line at the bottom to enter the help text.  The program that does this is in our SB+ directory, so I'm hoping this is standard.

The Help Text for all menus is saved in the file xxHELP as <menu>.REM - each attribute corresponds to a menu line.  For example, if you have /MD MY.TESTS with two processes:

Test Item 1 - P - TEST1
Test Item 2 - P - TEST2

you can edit xxHELP MY.TESTS.REM and add help, thus:

001: This option performs Test 1
002: This option performs Test 2

(Crude example, I know, but...)



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Re: How do you put an F1 help in a Menu?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010, 07:20:01 AM »
Tom is spot on with this.  The only thing I'd add is that the /OH process can be restricted via security.  So if it's available, it's the best option.  If it's not available, well, there's always that editing thing as Tom described.
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