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Step 3: Defining Settings for Terminal Emulation (Terminal Settings)

PowerTerm enables you to define the terminal settings for connecting to a host. Once you have defined terminal settings, you can save them as a setup file.

A setup file can be activated at startup or opened manually during a PowerTerm session. This file is saved with a .PTS extension.

The current communication parameters are saved in the communication setup file with the extension .PTC. The default setup file is PTDEF.PTC. For more information, see Step 4: Defining Communication Settings.

The terminal settings provided by PowerTerm are listed below. A description of each option and the functions it performs can be found on pages that follow.

Emulation, page , displays supported terminal emulations and enables you to select a terminal type.

General, page , defines parameters for the terminal emulation type.

Display, page , defines display settings for the PowerTerm window.

Keyboard, page , defines keyboard setup parameters.

Printer, page , defines printer parameters.

Tabs, page , defines tab stops in the work area.

Colors, page , defines color settings for the PowerTerm window.

Preferences, page , defines parameters that determine PowerTerm behavior and automate processes.

The options listed above can be accessed by selecting the Setup option from the Terminal menu. Each option is displayed in the format of a properties page in the Terminal Setup dialog box.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File, page .

Emulation Properties Page

The Emulation properties page displays the emulation terminal types available with this version of PowerTerm for selection.

The emulation type that you select changes the tabs displayed in the Terminal Setup dialog box. Some emulation types change the look of the PowerTerm desktop. For example, for 3270 and 5250 terminal types the toolbar contains fewer options.

From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

Select the Emulation tab. The Emulation properties page is displayed, as shown above.

Select the terminal type that you require from the list of supported emulations.

If you select an IBM terminal type, the PowerTerm window changes to black and the toolbar consists of fewer options.

Once you have selected the emulation type, you need to define settings for each tab in the Terminal Setup dialog box. The remaining tabs on the Terminal Setup dialog box are described on the pages that follow.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File, page .

General Properties Page

The General properties page enables you to define parameters for the selected emulation type.

From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box displays.

Select the General tab. The General properties page is displayed:

Select the general parameters that you required. These are described in detail on the following page.

Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described on the pages that follow.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File, page .

The parameters displayed in the General properties page are described below:

The selected emulation will determine the parameters displayed.

Terminal ID: Determines the ID returned by the emulation program to the host. Make sure you select an ID that the host application recognizes.

NRC Set: Determines the communication and keyboard character set for 7-bit data only. You can either select None or one of the languages available.

UPS Set: Determines the communication and keyboard character set for 8-bit data only. Select one of the available languages.

Online: This parameter is equivalent to selecting the On Line/Off Line button on the PowerTerm desktop.

New Line: This parameter determines whether the <Enter> key generates only a carriage return or a carriage return/line feed combination.

Use 8-Bit Data Characters: If the communicated data is in 8-bit character format, check this parameter. For 7-bit characters, clear this parameter. If this parameter is cleared, the 8th bit is truncated.

If you receive 7-bit data, you can convert it to 8-bit data for printing on the slave printer.

User Defined Keys Locked: This parameter determines whether applications on the host system can override your user-defined keys (UDKs) when you have defined a function key that conflicts with how the host wants to use this key. Locked prevents UDKs from being overridden. Unlocked allows them to be overridden. UDKs let you use a single key for multiple keystrokes. To program the 15 UDKs, 256 bytes are available. The key definitions are loaded sequentially (from F6 to F20), so that if you reach the 256-byte limit, more definitions cannot be loaded.

Cursor Keys: This parameter determines whether the four arrow keys generate ANSI-standard control sequences for moving the cursor, or generate customized application program functions.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Keypad: Determines the effects of the numeric keypad at the right of your keyboard.

Numeric

Keypad keys insert numbers (For example, pressing the 7 on the numeric keypad is the same as typing a 7 on the keyboard).

Application

Keypad keys generate control sequences which can be used by some applications.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Cursor coupling: This parameter causes the cursor to remain visible during page scrolling.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Status Line: The None option displays an emulation screen without a status line. Select Indicator to display the status line. Select Host Writable to display the status line sent by the host.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Setup for 3270 and 5250

This section describes the parameters that are unique to the 3270 and 5250 emulation types. Their General properties page is displayed:

 

General

Use 3270 New Code: Check this parameter if you want to use the 3270 New Code, otherwise the old code will be used.

Show Response Time: Check this parameter if you want to display the number of seconds that elapsed between the time data was sent to the host and the host response time.

Keyboard

Typeahead: Check this parameter if you want to be able to type data ahead (before the host responds).

BS Deletes: Check this parameter if you want to be able to delete characters by pressing the <Backspace> key.

HLLAPI Names

Short and Long: Enables you to specify the short and long HLLAPI names.

Code Page

Host and PC: Enables you to specify the mode of a keyboard. This sends the correct keystrokes for a country's or language's keyboard layout.

Alternate Size

Enable, Rows and Cols: Check Enable to override the terminal alternate size. Type the required number of rows and columns.

Display Properties Page

The Display properties page enables you to define parameters which determine the appearance, or display, of the PowerTerm window.

For non-IBM emulations only.

From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

Select the Display tab. The Display properties page is displayed:

Select the display parameters that you require. These are described in detail on the following page.

Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described in this chapter.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File, page .

The parameters displayed in the Display properties page are described below:

General

Determines the following general Display parameters:

Reverse Display Colors

Reverses the text and background colors in the work area.

Unscaled Screen

When this parameter is not checked, the characters appearing in the work area are scaled when you change the size of the desktop. Check this parameter if you want to disable this feature.

Autowrap Characters

Word wrapping occurs at the end of a line and the cursor moves to the next line.

History Scroll Bar

For non-IBM emulations, the vertical history scroll bar is displayed along the right edge of the PowerTerm screen. This enables you to scroll through the data displayed previously on the screen.

If the host transmits during scrolling, the display automatically scrolls back to its current position.

Cursor Ruler

Use these parameters to display full-screen, vertical or horizontal lines as a cursor ruler.

Cursor

Use these parameters to control the cursor display. Experiment with each parameter to view the cursor display options available.

Ctrl Characters

Click the Display option to actually display the control characters. The Interpret option displays normal text as affected by control characters.

Power GUI: For IBM emulations only. Displays data in a window with 3D look and feel.

Dimensions

Determines the number of characters per displayed line, and the number of lines to be displayed in the work area.

Characters are scaled according to the selected values. For example, if you select 132 Columns, PowerTerm displays 132 (small) characters across a single screen line.

Instead of choosing one of the standard options (80 and 132), you can type a different value in the Other box.

Scrolling

Determines the pace at which data is displayed in the work area as it arrives.

If you select Jump, you should determine the Jump Scroll Speed which is measured in number of line units. The higher the value, the faster the scrolling.

Select Unlimited in the Jump Scroll Speed area to display data without delaying communication, or Page to scroll data by full screens. The Smooth option is equivalent to a Jump Scroll Speed of 1.

Enable Soft Fonts: Enables you to work with VT soft fonts that are only available when working with a VT emulation. When VT soft fonts are enabled, fonts will be loaded from the host application.

Keyboard Properties Page

The Keyboard properties page enables you to define keyboard parameters for your PC.

From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

Select the Keyboard tab. The Keyboard properties page is displayed:

Select the keyboard parameters that you require. These are described in detail on the following pages.

Backspace Key Sends: Determines what the <Backspace> key sends (a delete or an actual backspace).

The following options are available:

Auto Repeat

The repetitious display of the character whose key is being continuously pressed down.

Key Click

If you check this box, a click sound is issued when you press a key on the keyboard.

Local Echo

Determines whether keyboard input is displayed (echoed) on your screen. If Local Echo is selected, keyboard input is displayed even if the host system does not echo your input.

If Local Echo is deselected, keyboard input is sent to the host system without being displayed on the screen (unless the host system echoes the characters).

Use Emulator Alt Keys

Check this parameter to make an <Alt> key perform the operation assigned to it by the emulated environment.

Margin Bell

Determines whether the terminal sounds a bell tone when the cursor reaches the right margin.

Warning Bell

Determines whether the terminal sounds a bell tone for operating errors, mail messages and so on.

Use VT Keyboard Mode

Transforms your keyboard to Digital VT keyboard mode. In this mode, the PC keyboard operates as close to a VT keyboard as possible, and takes full advantage of LK450 Digital keyboards.

Use Shift Lock

Simulates Shift Lock. When this parameter is checked, the entire keyboard moves to Shift Lock status. For example, if you type "a", the keyboard issues "A".

Answerback Message: Enables you to specify an answerback message and how you want it displayed. Click the Clear button to delete the message. Click the Conceal button to hide the message (the message is not deleted). Click Clear to cancel the conceal command.

Auto Answerback: Determines whether the terminal automatically sends the message to the host system after you make the connection. This is useful if your answerback message is a command to the host system. For example, when you initially connect to an OpenVMS system, you may want to start the MAIL utility by sending an answerback message of MAIL^M. You can also send an answerback message by pressing <Ctrl>+<F5> when the VT keyboard mode is ON.

Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described on the pages that follow.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File, page .

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