StoreReport does not currently use a GUI environment. GUI is too slow for effective Internet access. Someday when the speed of the Internet becoimes acceptible for the average user, we will make our system available through a GUI screen. The program is served in a Java applet through web browsers however - so it's anything but 'green screen'. Having a mouse is of no real advantage in an accounting program and you will find it easier to train your operators in our current environment.
AS/400 keyboards typically have two rows of function keys F1 - F24. Personal computers normally have one row F1 - F12. Our system uses all twenty-four function keys. Since function keys F13 - F24 aren't found on most personal computer keyboards, an explanation is necessary. If you have only twelve function keys on your keyboard, press the Shift key and a function key together and the results will be that the value of the function key is increased by 12. Note: Sometimes you may encounter 'Cmd' instead of 'F'. These terms are interchangeable. In other words. "F13" and "Cmd13" refer to the same function.
Shift F1 = F13
In 1990, IBM decided to enforce some standards call "System Application Architecture." Most personal computer programmers, being the gunslingers that they are, ignored many of these standards. The lack of standards between vendors is one of the debilitating problems we have in training and using electronic communications. One standard seems to have stuck however, and that is the standard of what happens when you press a certain function key. Here is a list of functions and how we attempt to adhere to these standards. Only the ones of significance are noted.
F3 - Usually the abort key. It is usually used to exit some application completely.
Other keys that have special meaning are:
Enter key: This key is used to enter a completed screen of information. Depending on your keyboard, the Enter key may not be the key marked 'Enter'. On standalone PC's this key is usually marked correctly. But when
attached to an AS/400 using 5250 emulation, the Enter key might be the 'Ctrl' key in the lower right-hand side of the keyboard.
The Field+ and Field- keys are of special importance. They allow you to run the numeric keypad exactly like a ten-key calculator. (i.e. 123(+) or 123(-)). You will find entering numbers extremely fast - even on the Internet.