Natural Construct Help Text

This documentation describes how to access and use the Help Text subsystem provided with Natural Construct. Its purpose is to help documenters create and maintain online help for the applications generated with Natural Construct. It was written for documenters (or programmers) responsible for creating or maintaining online help.

You do not need a background in Natural programming to use the Help Text subsystem.

This documentation is organized under the following headings:

Getting Started Contains the basic information you need to use the Help Text subsystem and create your help members.
Using the Help Text Subsystem Describes the fields and functions of the Help Text main menu, as well as the structure of the Help Text subsystem.
Editing Help Text Describes the features of the Help Text editor.
Help Text Utilities Describes the help text utilities supplied for all supported platforms.
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms Contains a glossary of terms used throughout this documentation.

The illustrations in this documentation are from a Natural/Adabas environment. Differences in commands or field names for other users are described where they occur.


Mainframe and Unix Platform Differences

The majority of the information in this documentation applies to all supported platforms. When differences in operation exist for different platforms, the following methods are used to explain them:

  • When a description applies to only one supported platform, the platform is indicated in parentheses. For example: (mainframe) or (Unix).

  • When a minor difference exists, it is explained within parentheses. For example: Enter CSTG at the Next prompt (in the Direct command box on Unix).

  • When a more significant difference exists, a note explains the difference.

  • When major differences exist, separate sections or chapters are devoted to specific platforms. The platform names are displayed in the section or chapter headings. For example: Natural Construct for Mainframe or Natural Construct (Mainframe).