At least since 1991. Interesting that all the users I’ve watched still use the “F-keys” anyway.
If you are referring to Client Access turning the text on the screen into a “button”, this is referred to as a Hotspot. Look in Edit – Preferences – Hotspots and you can configure it a bit (unfortunately, you can’t enable CMDnn, just various versions of Fnn, and if you want them clickable or actually to look like a “3D” button)
Kevin “BigKat” Ketzler
IBM Common User Access
Common User Access (CUA) is a standard for user interfaces to operating systems and computer programs. It was developed by IBM and first published in 1987 as part of their Systems Application Architecture, and was originally used in the OS/MVS, VM/CMS, OS/400, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
CUA was, I believe, the first standard to prescribe the use of “Fxx=” for the “function key area” of display screens. Looks like your screens have been obsolete for 22 years.
(No wonder users think of the IBM i as old and outdated technology.)
😉 just kidding (but not really)