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A Graphical Approach to Linguistic Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037469D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A graphical approach to access and use of system linguistic functions as opposed to conventional menu-based approaches is described.

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A Graphical Approach to Linguistic Functions

A graphical approach to access and use of system linguistic functions as opposed to conventional menu-based approaches is described.

The graphical user interface to the linguistics functions begins with an icon which is displayed in a cross-system toolkit of functions. The icon represents access to dictionary services, which includes spelling, thesaurus, grammatical, and other linguistics services functions. When selected, a graphical representation of an indexed dictionary is displayed in a window. The appearance is similar to a "cardfile-like" presentation; direct manipulation techniques are valid for scrolling or accessing specific items in the indexed file. A small interactive parameter entry field is provided for direct access of specific terms. Selections display the term, its definition if provided, synonyms, etc. Cut and paste functions from the dictionary are provided.

The advantages to the end user are that the function is easier to access and learn than current approaches. The user also has the benefit of a graphical and highly visible technique for accessing and viewing terms across multiple applications and in a systems environment. This approach reduces operator errors and subsequent rework, thus eliminating extra keystrokes and time spent. The approach is also quicker to access, activate, and deactivate, thus saving keystrokes.

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