CHAT main window
CHAT main window is used to start all CHAT sub-tools. Most
tools are executed from the drop-down menu, but there are
also other ways of starting tools.
CHAT main window consists of four main parts (from the top
of the window to the bottom respectively):
The following sections will describe each part of the main window.
- The drop-down menus
- The text-fields
- The subsystem/component browser
- The message browser
The drop-down menus
The drop-down menu consists of the following sub-menus and menu-items:
If you choose one of the above menu-items, a dialog window will pop-up where you
may enter needed information etc. A further description of each function can be
found my choosing File:Help.
- File: Make workspace, Change workspace, Flush-in workspace,
Abort workspace, Commit workspace, Preferences, Help, About and Quit.
- Message: Message Preferences, Send, Reply, Broadcast, Save and
- Component: Create Subsystem, Create Component, Create Relation,
Read Component, Read All Components, Update Component, Update Attributes and
Check in Component.
- View Info: Component info, Component Relation and Transaction
- Cooperation: Merge Preferences, Subscribe comp/ws, Synchronise ws,
Review Component and Automatic actions.
Note that some of the menu-items in the Message and Component menu must be
combined with a highlighted item in the Message-browser and Component-browser
The text-fields in the CHAT main window is used to show the user current workspace
and subsystem, and easy move to other workspaces and subsystems. If you want to
change workspace, you simply write the workspace path and press enter. If nobody is
connected to the chosen workspace, you should be connected to it after a while.
If you want to change subsystem, you simply write the name of the subsystem you want
to move to (you can look at the Subsystem browser below the text-fields) and press
return. If you want to go to the parent subsystem, simply write ".." and press return.
The subsystem/component browser
The subsystem/component browser is divided into three parts: the Subsystem
the Primary Component browser and the Derived Component browser.
The Subsystem browser can be used as a subsystem navigator. If you double-click on a
subsystem, you will move to this subsystem. To move to parent subsystem, choose "..".
The Primary Component browser can show components (files) in three different styles
dependent of status. If a component is not checked out from the database, it is shown
in roman style. If a component is checked out for read, it is shown in
italic. If a component is checked out for updating, it is shown in
If you highlights a component and press the right mouse button, a pop-up menu will
appear. This pop-up menu let the user easier check out/in components. If you double-click
on a component that is checked out for read or updating, CHAT will execute a browser tool
that makes it possible to look at the component. If the component is checked out for
updating, it is also possible to edit the component.
The message browser
The message browser consists in the new version of CHAT of two message browsers:
the Normal message browser and the Subscribe message browser (not
shown in the picture below). The Normal message browser, shows system notifications
in boldface and user messages in roman. The Subscribe message browser shows
only messages regarding workspace or/and components you have subscribed. If you
double-click on one message, you will get detailed information about this message.
If you highlight a message and press the right mouse button, a pop-up menu will
appear. From this menu you can choose to reply, save and delete the chosen message.
The picture below shows the CHAT main window:
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