The hotspots feature allows Distinct IntelliTerm to press action keys by analyzing the text on the terminal screen. For example, many 3270 electronic mail packages have the PF key legend at the bottom of the screen. The format is usually something like:

“PF2:Read, PF3:End”

If you double-click the left mouse button on any point of the PF2 text, Distinct IntelliTerm will press PF2 automatically.

There are three default groups of hotspots which are enabled when you use Distinct IntelliTerm for the first time. They are listed in the Define Hotspots dialog box.

The text legends must be delimited on the left side with a blank, null character or field attribute. The right delimiter must be a blank, colon, equal sign, or a field attribute.

For example, the system would be able to interpret the line:

“  PF2:READ  ”

But it would not be able to interpret the line:

“  ,PF2:READ  ”

In the latter, the offending character is the comma beside the word PF2.

To access the Define Hotspots dialog box, select Hotspots from the Options menu.

In the dialog box, the text “More...” will activate the F2 key.

Adding New Hotspots

You can assign system commands, action keys, editing keys, quick keys or macros to a Hotspot Text.

To add a new hotspot, first enter the text you wish to use as the hotspot text. Next, select Commands or Macros to view the available commands or macros in the list box. Finally, select an action in the list box and click on the Set button. The new combination will be added to the Hotspot Text list box, and the selected action will appear in the Hotspot Action box.

There is no limit to the number of hotspot entries that you can add. Hotspots are saved for each terminal type. This means that hotspots defined for 3270 ttype sessions will not be visible from VT type sessions and vice versa.

The option Case sensitive hotspots is a system wide feature. Checking this option will affect all hotspot entries currently defined.

Deleting Hotspots

To delete a hotspot definition, select the hotspot text in the list box and select the Delete button.

Saving Hotspot Entries

All Hotspot entries and options are automatically saved to a global profile when you select the Close button. They are saved in the ITERM.INI file in your Windows directory. You do not need to save your user profile in order to save the hotspot entries.

Viewing Hotspots

To view hotspots, check the Show Hotspots item in the Display category of the Session Profile dialog box. This will display the hotspot text as black text on a gray background.


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