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Apart from this Getting Started book, all the
documentation is online only. You get to it from the Windows 95,
Windows 98 or Windows NT Start menu or from Mainframe
Express's Help menu. This Getting Started book is
both online and in printed book form.
Much of the documentation is in the form of online help. The rest is in
the form of online books written as Web pages. You get to these from the
Windows 95 or Windows NT Start menu or from the
Mainframe Express help - when you click a book's button in the help, the
book is displayed in your Web browser.
When you're looking for information, we recommend trying the different
kinds of documentation in the following order:
See if there's a tool tip.
If you want information about a field or control, try leaving the
mouse pointer on it for a moment. A brief description of its purpose
may be displayed, either beside it or at the bottom of the Mainframe
Try context help.
If you want information about a menu item or control, click the
Context Help button
on the toolbar or
at the top right, then click the menu item or control. Alternatively,
put your mouse pointer on the menu item or control (don't click if
doing so will start a function), and press F1. You may also be
able to right-click on the item and click What's This? on a
popup menu that appears.
- Look in the help, using the help index.
If Mainframe Express is running, click Help Topics on the
Help menu. Otherwise, from the Start menu, click Programs,
then Micro Focus Mainframe Express, then Mainframe Express
Help. Then click the Index tab and enter a relevant word.
The index will automatically position at the entry, if one exists.
Alternatively, scroll through the index to find what you want.
In some cases the help index takes you to a help topic that directs
you to an online book. If this happens, click Index in the
Table of Contents of the online book, click the first letter of the
phrase you're looking for, then scroll the index to find the phrase.
Look in the online books, using the Master Index.
From the Start menu, click Programs, then Micro
Focus Mainframe Express, then Mainframe Express Online Books.
Then select Master Index (Online Books) and click Master
Index in the left-hand pane. Click the first letter of the word
you want at the top of the right-hand pane, then scroll through the
index to find the word.
Look in the help using Find.
Return to Help Topics, click the Find tab, and enter the
word you're looking for. If this is the first time you've used Find
since installing, the system will take a little while to create a
There is no equivalent to Find for the online books.
- If you still haven't found the information you want, repeat Steps 3
through 5 using some other relevant word.
You will find it useful to select the Contents tab in Help
Topics and spend a few minutes looking through the Contents to see what
the help covers. Similarly, select each book in turn from the Mainframe
Express Online Books folder and look through their contents to see
what they cover.
Here are some further tips:
The online help is mainly for quick help. To read about a subject
in depth, look first in the appropriate online book, and if you don't
find it look in the help. The books are all accessible from the help
Contents. There are separate indexes for the books, the Mainframe
Express Help, the Readme Help, and the Help for individual options such
as CICS Option. The index for the books is called the Master Index
because it covers all the books. The books have individual indexes as
You can print out the online books from your Web browser. Each Web
page is one chapter; so if your Browser's print function prints one
page, each print operation prints one chapter. To be certain of printing
the text rather than the Contents list, click first in the pane
containing the text.
The Mainframe Express CD-ROM contains the Adobe Acrobat Reader and
an Adobe Acrobat file for each book, from which you can print the whole
book in one operation. You are authorized to print one copy of each book
for your own personal use.
Links in the online books are either to other chapters or books,
or to the online glossary. To return, use your Web browser's Back
button. You may have to click it twice to get the correct Contents list
- The online books have the Contents in the left-hand frame and the
text in the right-hand frame. On some browsers, when you click a link in
the Contents, you can get the text in a full frame by dragging the mouse
a little before releasing the button. If you click a link in the text
you get the Contents of the target chapter in a full frame.
To get a popup menu with functions appropriate to an item,
right-click the item. These functions often include What's This?.
To get the syntax for a COBOL reserved word visible in a source
view window in the IDE, put the cursor anywhere within the word, then
press F1. Alternatively, right-click on the word and click Help
on the popup menu. You can do the same for an error message in the
If you have any problem installing or running Mainframe Express,
look in the Readme Help to see if it's a known problem. From your
Windows Start menu, click Programs, then Micro Focus
Mainframe Express, then Readme. Information in the Readme
Help is listed in the index of the Readme Help, not in the index of the
Mainframe Express Help.
You can also get to the ReadMe Help even without having Mainframe
Express installed. It's a WinHelp (.hlp) file in the root of the
Mainframe Express CD. It's the file whose name begins with "read"
- the next few letters of the name may vary. Open it using Windows
Explorer, or by using winhelp or winhlp32 from a command
If you are migrating from an earlier version of Mainframe Express,
look in the topic Backward Compatibility in the Readme Help for
For support, updates, and information on Mainframe Express, use
WebSync, a facility in Mainframe Express to access a MERANT Web site. To
start WebSync, click WebSync on the Help menu.
You will find the contact addresses and numbers of MERANT offices
that deal with Micro Focus products either in the Readme Help or on a
separate sheet included in the product packaging.
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