Definitions of terms

Table 1 provides the definitions of a few terms that you will encounter in this book.
Table 1. Definitions of terms
Term Definition
action An action is an instruction that specifies some activity that the macro runtime is to perform when it plays back the macro (such as sending a sequence of keys to the host, displaying a prompt in a popup window, capturing a block of text from the screen, and other actions). See Macro actions.
Note: An action within a macro is not the same thing as an action triggered by an HCL ZIETrans event.
application screen An application screen is a meaningful arrangement of characters displayed on the host terminal by a host application. See Application screen.
descriptor A descriptor is an instruction that describes one characteristic of an application screen. Descriptors are also called screen recognition criteria. See Screen description.
host terminal A connection in HCL ZIETrans Toolkit to the host application where you record and run macros.
macro runtime The macro runtime is the program module that plays back a macro when the macro is started. Specifically, the macro runtime reads the contents of the current macro script and generates the macro playback.
macro screen A macro screen is a set of instructions that tells the macro runtime how to manage a particular visit to a particular application screen. See Macro screen.
macro script A macro script is an XML script in which a macro is stored. When you play a macro, the macro runtime executes the instructions in the script. See Macro script.
source view The source view shows the XML source of a macro.
valid next screen A valid next screen is a macro screen that, during macro playback, is a valid candidate to be the next macro screen to be processed. See Stages in processing a macro screen.