Exploiting the CUA Features of ISPF Dialog Manager

This courseintroduces and explains the Common User Access (CUA) features of ISPF Dialog Manager. This enhances panel design and makes it more efficient and productive. Panels supplied by IBM incorporate all these features. The course is taught combining formal tuition with practical hands-on exercises.

This course is available 'on demand' (minimum 2 students) for public presentations or for one-company, on-site presentations.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • invoke Keylists
  • create new CUA attributes
  • create action bars and pull-downs
  • create static and moveable pop-up windows
  • create field level help
  • create Point and Shoot fields
  • create scrollable areas and fields.

Who Should Attend

IT professionals tasked with developing and maintaining ISPF applications within a TSO/E environment.


Attendees should have a good working knowledge of TSO and REXX, and have experience of using ISPF Dialog Manager.


2 days

Fee (per attendee)

£850 (ex VAT)

Course Code



Introduction to Common User Access

Introduction; Example of CUA panel; Flowchart of CUA & non-CUA together.

CUA Attributes

New CUA attributes; CUA keywords; Attribute keyword meanings.

Action Bars and Pull-down Choices

Action bar choices; )ABC section; Pull-down choice; ACTION parameter; )ABCINIT section; )ABCPROC section.

Scrollable Areas

)AREA section; Describe AREA section; .ZVARS; Scroll indicators; )FIELD section.

Pop-up Windows

Pop-up windows; Window titles; Window size; Using services: ADDPOP, POPLOC, ROW & COLUMN.

Point and Shoot Fields

)PNTS settings; PNTS section; FIELD parameter; PNTS ZSEL.

Field Level Help & Keylists

Field level help; Field level help panel; Specifying value for field-name & help panel-name; Action bar choices; Keylists; )PANEL section; Creating new keylist.

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