Because tablesONLINE/ISPF is an ISPF application, the commands available are typical ISPF commands that are issued by a PF key or as a typed command. For example:

  • typing END or pressing <PF3> exits any menu and returns to the previous menu.
  • typing HELP or pressing <PF1> invokes an online help facility. Every screen has separate online help text.
  • giving a two-part response on a higher-level screen bypasses a lower screen. For example, typing W.6 on the ISPF Primary Option Menu makes the tablesONLINE TBDRIVER screen appear (instead of selecting Option W – Invoke tablesONLINE from the Primary Option Menu, and then Option 6 – TBDRIVER on the tablesONLINE PRIMARY MENU).
  • typing an equal sign (=) followed by an option from any ISPF menu accesses that option. For example, typing =W.6 on any screen invokes the tablesONLINE Utilities Menu.
  • On Select Row, Edit Row, or Browse Row screens, pressing <PF7> (UP) or PF8 (DOWN) scrolls one full-screen forward or backward. To scroll less than a full screen, type the number of rows on the command line and press <PF7> or <PF8>.
All available commands are displayed on screen except the KEYS command, which is used to redefine PF keys and view a display of active PF keys and functions. Entering the KEYS command displays the PF Key Definition and Labels – Primary Keys screen, see Figure 180.

tablesONLINE PF Key Definition and Labels - Primary Keys Screen

Figure 180. tablesONLINE PF Key Definition and Labels – Primary Keys Screen

A PF key can be associated with any command, whether the command is applicable to tablesONLINE/ISPF, ISPF itself, or TSO. The GETCOUNT command is assigned to <PF4> in the above example

The association of keys and commands is performed using the keys that are presented vertically on screen. Assigning a particular label to the key is enabled by the horizontal presentation of the keys. This label will be shown when a PF key is displayed on a screen.