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Application QUESTIONNAIRE Driver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034554D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Elliott, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a driver which presents the end-user application tailoring questions interactively via a work station (terminal) and allows him to respond via the keyboard. This is related to the interactive application questionnaire driver for a manufacturing accounting and production information control system. QUESTIONNAIRE STRUCTURE The end-user uses the questionnaire program to tailor his business application environment and requirements. Potential questions fall into four major categories: selection of applications to be installed, application functional content, application and cross-application defaults, and the volume of information to be retained on the system (both transaction and permanent). The end-user is presented with questions and responds via the work station (terminal).

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Application QUESTIONNAIRE Driver

This article describes a driver which presents the end-user application tailoring questions interactively via a work station (terminal) and allows him to respond via the keyboard. This is related to the interactive application questionnaire driver for a manufacturing accounting and production information control system. QUESTIONNAIRE STRUCTURE The end-user uses the questionnaire program to tailor his business application environment and requirements.

Potential questions fall into four major categories: selection of applications to be installed, application functional content, application and cross-application defaults, and the volume of information to be retained on the system (both transaction and permanent). The end-user is presented with questions and responds via the work station (terminal). The end-user answers each question during the questionnaire process, the response being put into a specific element of one of three arrays. This response can then be retrieved one or more times to update the work file (SYSWRK) or to select printed text. SYSWRK is a working copy of the master system control file (SYSCTL). When the System Tailoring Procedure (STP) is run to a successful conclusion, the work file becomes the new master system control file. The questionnaire program is driven by the questionnaire driver file. A programmer/developer builds the driver file using four major types of records: question records (two types), calculation records, branch records, and print records (two types). These become the language which the programmer/developer uses to set the questionnaire logic. The question records, Z1 and Z2, are used to display a question. They allow the user to enter his response, and direct the response into the specific element of the specified array. A numeric response can be checked for a range of values. If the response falls outside of that range, a diagnostic message is displayed and the question is re- prompted (re-displayed).

These records can also supply a default value to be used if the end-user does not enter a value. The responses (or defaults are saved in the numeric array N, the yes/no alpha array A, or the alphanumeric arr...