HelpText Guidelines

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Apply the following guidelines when setting the HelpText property for menu buttons, menus, submenus, and menu items in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  • Phrase sentences in the imperative form.

    Example: "Create or update items"

  • If the item does not require user interaction, or if the imperative is inappropriate, use a descriptive form.

    Example: "Inventory value for the physically updated quantity (floating value)"

  • End sentences with a question mark, if necessary.

  • Avoid using exclamation marks (!), and do not use question marks to shorten a phrase.

    Example: Avoid "Update?"; use "Use to update" instead.

  • When referencing a command or menu item capitalize the name, but avoid any additional accentuation like quotation marks.

  • One-word definitions are usually inadequate.

HelpText Examples

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Journals available for this module


Inquiries available for this module


Reports that can be printed from this module


Jobs available for periodic processing


Wizards available for guiding you through tasks


Setup forms with parameters for setting up this module

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Select a posting option for the current record


Update setup information for the current project


Get specific information related to the current project


Select a function to be applied on the current project


Select a printing option for the current record


View transactions entered on the current record


   If possible, phrase all HelpTexts within a single menu, submenu, or menu button group identically, with a consistent choice of words.

See also

Best Practices for Labels

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