User interface overview

The ACL main application window includes a number of user interface elements, such as tabs, menus, and text boxes, that display specific types of information. Understanding the organization of the user interface will enable you to work effectively with the application.

Figure 1. User interface

The main application window includes the following user interface elements:

  1. Title Bar – The title bar displays the name of the active ACL project.

  2. Main Menu – The main menu provides access to most ACL features including menu commands for working with ACL projects, performing audit analysis, and configuring options and connection settings.

  3. Toolbar – The buttons in the toolbar are shortcuts to common actions. ACL displays buttons that are relevant to your current activity. You can customize the buttons displayed in the toolbar.

  4. Project Navigator – The Project Navigator displays information in three tabs about the open ACL project:

    • The Overview tab displays all items that belong to the project. You can right-click any project item to perform an action. To organize items in the Overview, right-click the project icon and select New > Folder. You can drag any project item into the folders that you create in the Overview.

    • The Log tab displays the ACL command log, in which all actions you take associated with the project are recorded and organized chronologically. Double-click entries to open them and right-click to perform an action.

    • The Variables tab displays the names, values, and data categories of any variables in the project. The contents of the tab are dynamically updated as variables are created, deleted, or changed in value. Names are listed alphabetically.

  5. Command Line – The command line allows you to enter ACLScript commands. To display the command line, if it is not visible, select Window > Show Command Line.

  6. Filter – The Filter text box and drop-down list, and the buttons to the right, allow you to apply filters to the data displayed in the View tab.

  7. Index – The Index drop-down list allows you to apply existing indexes to the table and to see if an index is currently applied.

  8. Display Area – In this area, ACL displays different types of information in the following tabs:

    • Welcome tab – When you open ACL it initially displays the Welcome tab with links to help you begin your session.

    • View tab (shown) – When you open an ACL table the data is displayed in the View tab. If multiple views exist for the same table, buttons at the bottom of the tab let you switch between views.

      You can pin the View tab if you want to open more than one table. An additional View tab opens for each additional table you open. You can switch between tables using the individual View tabs.

      The record number column is at the far left of the View tab. The number of the currently selected record is highlighted in yellow.

    • Results tab – When you output results of an analytical operation to screen or graph, or view command log entries, they are displayed in the Results tab. For operations with text and graph output, buttons at the bottom of the tab let you switch back and forth between the two formats. You can pin the Results tab to keep the content visible and cause subsequent results to appear in an additional Results tab.

    • Script Editor tab – When you create a new script or open an existing script, the contents of the script are displayed in the integrated Script Editor. You can edit scripts manually, or use the tools available in ACL, such as syntax capture and copying commands from the log, to edit your script.

    • Workspace Editor tab – When you create a new workspace or open an existing workspace, the field definitions in the workspace are displayed in the Workspace Editor. Workspaces allow you to share field definitions among ACL tables.

  9. Status Bar – The status bar displays information such as the name of the active ACL table, the record count, the details of any filters currently applied to the table, and the name of any currently running script.

Additional user interface elements

ACL also includes the following user interface elements, which are used to import and define data, work with tables, build expressions, and insert custom dialog boxes into scripts:

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