Micro Focus Dialog System

Dialog System User Guide

Micro Focus®

Issue 8
October 1998

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This user guide introduces you to the subject of graphical user interfaces and how to use Dialog System to full advantage. It gives you a tour of the major menu choices, taking you through creating and using a simple screenset, showing you the important features and demonstrating the general sequence of events in developing an application. The user guide also covers the more advanced features. There are plenty of examples and sample programs, as well as hints and tips on getting the most out of Dialog System.


This book is for all programmers and system designers using Dialog System, whether experienced with Micro Focus's earlier Dialog System products or completely new to Micro Focus. It assumes you are familiar with the general concepts of business computing and of using Microsoft Windows.

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