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IBM Function Key Area Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036181D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

IBM's standard in User Interface is called SAA (System Application Architecture). An area which is defined by SAA is the Function Key Area referred to as FKA. Disclosed is a well-defined functional set for creating/modifying the objects in the FKA. The design of the functional set offers object manipulation of the items in this area with the objectives of the look and interaction defined by IBM SAA. To the programmer, the control is powerful because it offers the IBM SAA FKA in an Object manipulation point of view instead of a logical specification. The functional set is defined below: CreateFKA(windowid) Create a work space for an FKA in a specified window. AddFKA(string,len,key) Append to the current FKA work space an FKA item which returns a programmer defined key when necessary.

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IBM Function Key Area Control

IBM's standard in User Interface is called SAA (System Application Architecture). An area which is defined by SAA is the Function Key Area referred to as FKA. Disclosed is a well-defined functional set for creating/modifying the objects in the FKA. The design of the functional set offers object manipulation of the items in this area with the objectives of the look and interaction defined by IBM SAA. To the programmer, the control is powerful because it offers the IBM SAA FKA in an Object manipulation point of view instead of a logical specification. The functional set is defined below: CreateFKA(windowid) Create a work space for an FKA in a specified window. AddFKA(string,len,key) Append to the current FKA work space an FKA item which returns a programmer defined key when necessary. FKAform(windowid,form) Change the FKA form in a specified window. CloseCreateFKA() Close the work space for creating an FKA and display the FKA. KillFKA(windowid) Remove the FKA in a specified window.

The FKA can exist in more than one window if window environments are available in a system. Each window is given a windowid. When the CreateFKA(windowid) function is called it creates a work space for subsequent calls by the AddFKA(string,len,key) function to append items in this work space. If the FKA exists in the specified window when CreateFKA(windowid) is called, the FKA is removed and a new work space is created.

The FKAform(windowid,form) function can...