We are attempting to use at "hot-key" statement in the cobol config file to allow a user to press a specific key (ctrl-q) from any where in the application to start a help screen. The use of the 'hot-key' to start the program is working perfectly except for one thing....we would like this program to be independent of the current application running. We would like the user to be able to have both screens up and be able to work in either, then be able to close the help screen when done. The 'hot-key' statement we use to kick off the help screen is "KEYSTROKE HOT-KEY=[program name] ^Q".
Does anyone have advice on how this can be accomplished?
RE: Independent Windows/Programs
How about the hot-key program, let's call it helpme does a call in thread "help". help being your Help program. So the hotkey launches a program who's sole purpose is the launch your help program.Or you could have the helpme program do a system call where you call a separate runtime to launch help.