SAP ABAP Data Element SHLPNAME (Name of a Search Help)
SAP_BASIS (Software Component) SAP Basis Component
   BC-DWB-DIC-F4 (Application Component) F4 Help
     SDSH (Package) ABAP Dictionary internal: Poss.entries (F4)
Basic Data
Data Element SHLPNAME
Short Description Name of a Search Help  
Data Type
Category of Dictionary Type D   Domain
Type of Object Referenced     No Information
Domain / Name of Reference Type SHLPNAME    
Data Type CHAR   Character String 
Length 30    
Decimal Places 0    
Output Length 30    
Value Table DD30L    
Further Characteristics
Search Help: Name DD_SHLP    
Search Help: Parameters SHLPNAME   
Parameter ID SHLP  
Default Component name    
Change document    
No Input History    
Basic direction is set to LTR    
No BIDI Filtering    
Field Label
  Length  Field Label  
Short 10 Srch Help 
Medium 18 Search Help Name 
Long 18 Search Help Name 
Heading 10 Srch Help 


A search help is an object of the ABAP Dictionary with which input helps (F4 helps) can be defined.

There are the following types of search helps:

  • Elementary search helps implement a search path for determining the possible entries.
  • Collective search helps contain several elementary search helps. A collective search help therefore provides several alternative search paths for possible entries.
  • Append search helps can be used to enhance collective search helps delivered by SAP with customer-specific search paths without requiring a modification.

The three components of the input help process described by a search help are the outer interface, the online behavior and the method of data collection.

The outer interface is defined by specifying the interface parameters. They define the context information to be used in the input help process and the attributes to be sent to the screen by the input help.

The search help attachment defines the field contents for parametrizing an import parameter and the fields of the input template in which the contents of the export parameters should be returned.

The dialog behavior and data collection are defined differently for elementary search helps and collective search helps.

The behavior of a search help can be made more flexible than usual with search help exits.

Last changed by/on SAP  19971128 
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