Desktop Application Menus
Dictionary-IV Menu selections can now execute from either the WorkStation Manager Applications options, the Windows Start Button Menu, the Desktop or from within the VIP GUI Server Menu Bar. Selecting a Menu option from the Windows Start button executes Basic with the values of the menu name and menu selection to be executed. The menu selection values are then passed to either OO or ID for processing by the host. Exiting the Menu selection goes back to the OO or ID menu program. The Basic session remains active sitting at an input. If you are running graphically, the GUI Server window remains visible and application menu selections can be made from the GUI Server Menu Bar. This allows subsequent menu selections to be made without starting another Basic session. To exit the Basic session, press <F4>.
When executing your menu selections from the workstation, the IDOL-IV/OPENworkshop start up program must be OOWEB. Until we are able to integrate executing or running your IDOL-IV/OPENworkshop start up program from within OOWEB, please edit this program to run or execute your application start up program. Edit line 120 adding your RUN or CALL immediately before the RUN "ID". We strongly recommend converting all RUNs to CALLs.
See also Autologon.
Start Basic using a standard IPLINPUT file. Run "OO" and select Utilities. First, select Build List/Box Menus. Select your Dictionary-IV Menu Libraries. This will convert standard IDOL-IV Menu definitions to Pop-Up menus. Next, select Build Start Menus. A view of your libraries will be displayed. Select a Library and <CR>. A view of the menus in that library will be displayed. Select the menu you will want to have available from the Desktop and <CR>. This will build the menu structure for the workstation. Next, select Set Start Menu. A view of menus that have been processed by the Build List/Box option and the Build Start Menus option will be displayed. If you are using Dictionary-IV menus (ID), you will need to modify the text found in the Action column. In the first line of text, add to the end EXEC ID. The first line in the Action column should read: CONNECT MENU menu-name EXEC ID. Return to the Menu Name column. Press <F1> to add the menu to both the WorkStation Manager Applications and to the Windows Start Button. Press <F2> to add the menu to the GUI Server Menu Bar.
You can now F4 out and exit Basic.
Create an IPLINPUT file to be used with the Start Button Menus, WorkStation Manager or Desktop shortcuts. In the Thoroughbred home directory (i.e. \TBC), copy IPLINPUT to IPLWEB. Edit IPLWEB and make the following changes.
If you are running on a local host, be sure you have properly modified the Tbred.ini file for the startbasic entry as described in the Installation / Getting Started section of this document.