The WELL menu system is a tool to navigate and explore the resources of The WELL. It lets you quickly move from one set of features to the next, choose what you want to do, and take part in the life of this community.
Getting started: the Main menu
If you're a new member, press Return at the OK prompt to see the Main menu. If you've been using The WELL without menus, you can access them by entering wellmenus at the OK prompt.
Every menu screen has the same basic features. Here is the Main menu, the first menu you encounter. Using this menu:
THE WELL: MAIN MENU . Menu name : main . Conference: wellcome 1 Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Conferencing basics... . . HELPFUL INFORMATION 3 Conferencing... . 4 People online... . 40 Definitions 5 The muse . 41 Notes . 42 Quick Commands 6 Email... . . 43 Explain a specific term 7 Internet and Web publishing... . 44 Help from a real person . . GETTING AROUND 9 File management... . 10 Settings... . 66 Go back one menu . 77 Go to the Main menu 11 Accounting... . 88 Go to a menu by name . 99 Turn off these menus . PicoSpan Copyright 1985-2006, The WELL . 100 Exit from the WELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK (type a number or command):
The left side of the screen shows the menu items unique to this menu. The right side of the screen shows the menu items that are always available. In the upper right corner of the menu, the name of the menu and the current conference appear. You start out in the conference called Wellcome. When you go to another conference, its name is shown on the menu.
See the three dots (the "ellipsis") following the menu items on the left? When you choose one of these menu items, The WELL displays another menu. The menu items on the right have no ellipsis; these items invoke a command immediately.
At the bottom of the menu sits the OK prompt:
OK (type a number or command):
The OK prompt is where you type numbers to choose menu items or quick commands to operate The WELL.
The numbered items on each menu are commands. You use the item number to choose a menu item and tell The WELL what you want to do. To choose an item, type its number at the OK prompt and press the Return key. The WELL carries out the command, displays another menu, or asks you for further information.Getting around
The menu system is several levels deep. You can move up through the menus quickly by using the "Getting Around" choices on the right side of the menu.
Here is an example of how to navigate from function to function using The WELL menu system. It combines Getting Help and Getting around. This example shows you how to use the menu system to find the email addresses of The WELL support staff.
PEOPLE ON THE WELL . Menu name : people . Conference: wellcome 1 Who is currently logged on? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Search the WELL member directory . 3 Read a WELL member's online biography . HELPFUL INFORMATION 4 Create or change your online biography . 5 Filter posts by a WELL member... . 40 Definitions 6 List WELL support email addresses . 41 Notes . 42 Quick Commands SPONTANEOUS CONVERSATIONS (SENDS) . 43 Explain a specific term . 44 Help from a real person 7 Send a live message (do a "send") . 8 Reply to a live message . GETTING AROUND 9 Reply to a live message . 10 Review last message . 66 Go back one menu 10 Review all previous messages . 77 Go to the Main menu 11 Block live messages . 88 Go to a menu by name 12 Accept live messages . 99 Turn off these menus . . 100 Exit from the WELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OK (type a number or command):
WELL SUPPORT EMAIL ADDRESSES Help with general and technical questions email@example.com Billing questions firstname.lastname@example.org Questions regarding Conference hosting issues email@example.com (End) Type b to go back, q to return to the Ok prompt
OK (Return for menu):
This is a typical sequence: you choose menu commands until the information you are seeking is displayed. Then you return to the OK prompt, where you can display the menus again. You can return to the Main menu with menu choice 66 (it's one level above this menu), or menu choice 77 (which always takes you back to the Main menu).Finding your way back
The OK prompt is your home base — when it appears on a line, you can always press Return to see a menu. But sometimes you start a process that doesn't use an OK prompt. This section describes how to work with other prompts and how to get back to the OK prompt when you need to.
Some menu commands take you to an older kind of menu, with a different set of commands along the bottom. When one of these menus appears, always check the commands to see how to exit from the menu. For example, here's a different kind of menu, used to download files:
*** WELCOME to The WELL's Menu-Driven Downloading Utility *** Set your telecom software to perform the following type of transfer: zmodem binary mode To download File(s)..................type: d To download New Mail.................type: m To download PicoSpan Responses.......type: p To download WELL Manual..............type: w To Change Settings...................type: c For Help & Info......................type: ? Quit.................................type: q Command:
In this case, you would enter q to quit the downloading program and return to the OK prompt.
While some commands start special menus like the one shown above, other commands start processes that may not tell you how to quit. If you accidentally start a process you don't want to complete, try pressing Return. Often doing so displays the OK prompt again, or The WELL may ask if you want to cancel, or tell you that the command has been aborted.
The following table shows you some other ways to get back to the OK prompt when you need to.
Quick commands supplement the menu system. The WELL menu system allows you to control the combination of software programs that brings you the conferences, email programs, file management system, downloading utilities, Internet access programs, and other features on The WELL. The OK prompt also accepts quick commands that offer all the commands available from the menus and many more.
Both menu commands and quick commands operate a program called PicoSpan, which is the main WELL program. PicoSpan, in turn, calls up the information you want to see, turns on the subsidiary programs that connect to the Internet, and so forth.
If you're an experienced WELL member, you can continue to use any quick command at the OK prompt. When you see the Main menu, for example, you can enter either a menu choice or a command at the OK prompt.
You can enter a 3, which invokes the Conferences menu, or you can enter a quick command directly. The command line accepts either type of entry.
Using WELL Menus lets you navigate The WELL without memorizing commands or having to look them up. However, many quick commands are faster. You will probably find that you will learn a few basic quick commands to supplement working with the menus.
For example, you may begin using the menu system to open your email editor. After a few days, you may decide that you want to get there faster, by entering mail or pine at the OK prompt.
One good way to learn about quick commands is to use the Quick commands item in the Helpful Information section of every menu:
42 Quick Commands
When you choose 42 you see descriptions of quick commands that are related to the commands on that menu.
Also, whenever you choose a menu item that executes a command, the system displays the equivalent command that it uses to carry out the function. If you pay attention to the information, you can learn how to enter often-used commands directly.
The menu system doesn't give you all the available commands. For some operations, you may find that you need to use the quick commands as well as the menus. For example, if you want to start a conference of your own, you will need to use commands that aren't on the menus.Using the Control key
The Control key is often designated on screen by the carat (^), as in ^B. This means hold down the Control key and press the B key. Here are two useful Control-key combinations that may come in handy:
After you have become familiar with the features of The Well, you may find that you want to go directly to certain menus. As long as you know the menu name, you can do so.
For example, suppose you are using the Responses menu to read responses in a particular conference and you decide you want to search for responses about a certain subject. Instead of returning to the Conferences menu, then going to the Search menu, you can go directly to the Search menu by using its name, search.
To go directly to another menu, you need to know the menu name of the menu you want to see.
Menu Menu name Main menu main Tutorial (none) Conferencing basics basics Conferences conferences List topics topics Read responses responses Search search Other conferencing commands other Hide, unhide, or scribble response hide Forget, retire, or freeze a topic forget Personal conference list cflist People online people Filter filter The WELLmuse (none) Email mail Internet internet File management file Settings settings Conference settings confset Choose response editor responder Pseudonym pseudonym People online settings peopleset Email settings mailset Choose your email program mailerset File management settings fileset Choose file editor program editor Initial menu setting menuset Terminal settings termset Choose your pager pagerset Accounting accounting
Note: You can go directly to a menu using a quick command by entering gomenu menuname (use the actual menu name in place of menuname). For example, if you want to use a quick command to go to the search menu, enter gomenu search.Getting help
Every menu contains the "Helpful Information" section on the right. You can enter any of these numbers at the OK prompt to receive any of the following kinds of help:
WELL policies and etiquette