Menu Management

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Menu Manager

Kernel provides a number of supplies to create and manage menus and options. These materials allow you to manage all application menus to provide a standard user environment. Regardless of the underlying system architecture, VISTA users see the same user interface because all applications are built using Kernel materials. As a result, user interaction with the system is constant across all VISTA applications and minimizes the amount of time needed to learn new tools.


Menu Manager is built around options. When users are added to your system, the system manager of your organization assigns a primary menu option to the new users' account. From their menu, they will be able to run any application the system manager has made available to them. Menu Manager provides a variety of different option types:

Edit, Inquire, and Print - used to access VA Fileman files.

Action, and Run Routine - available for invoking M code.

*Menu - used to group other options for display to the user.

Programmer Tools

Programmers can develop application packages quickly and easily using Menu Manager. Once a set of files have been defined using VA Fileman, programmers can take advantage of Kernel's Menu Management tools to provide a menu of options that enter, edit, display and print information. M code can be used in the header, entry, or exit action of an option to tailor the functioning of an option. Kernel also provides a number of callable entry points that programmers can use when building applications.

Navigating Menu Trees

Once VISTA users learn how to navigate Kernel's menu tree, they will be able to take advantage of menu manager's additional features to help increase their productivity. These include:

*Up arrow jump - ability to jump to an option.

*Rubber-band jump - use of a double up-arrow to jump out to an option and then return back again.

*Question marks to obtain on-line help - ability to enter three question marks to learn more about unfamiliar options.

*Menu templates - execute a fixed series of options in sequence.

Security Tools

A security tool built into menu manager is the use of keys to allow access to specially protected options. When an option is locked, you must hold the key matching the key the option was locked with in order to use that option. This is a great tool to use for restricting access to sensitive data.

Kernel's Menu Manager comes packed with lots of system management supplies to provide a secure delegation of menus and the ability to customize menus for individual users. Options can be restricted in terms of when users may select them. You can prohibit the use of an option at certain times during the day by setting prohibited time periods to an option. Kernel provides a number of options to display and diagram menus and options. It also provides the tools to automatically schedule options to run at a regularly scheduled time.


Another neat material included with the Menu Manager is the ability to send an alert notifying one or more users of a matter requiring immediate attention. Alerts are generated through programmer calls. When you receive an alert, something on your computer system is requesting your immediate attention. You should find out what the alert is asking of you and attend to it.

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