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Construction of Error Messages Using Multiple Indices into Text File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037520D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, WC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a programming application which provides a memory saving technique for storing text on disk, allowing construction of a paragraph of text from a single error code number.

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Construction of Error Messages Using Multiple Indices into Text File

Disclosed is a programming application which provides a memory saving technique for storing text on disk, allowing construction of a paragraph of text from a single error code number.

In manufacturing floor control systems, controlling devices are required to display information about errors occurring in the manufacturing process or in the control equipment itself. At a minimum, these messages must contain the following information: 1.) What equipment is experiencing an error,

2.) A description of the error,

3.) What steps the operator should take to correct the error.

This disclosure outlines a methodology to take advantage of the fact that one or more of these elements may be common to a large number of error conditions.

When an error occurs, the device or module that detects the error passes a unique number representing the error to an error handler. This module reads, from a pointer file, the record corresponding to the error number. This record in turn contains multiple pointer values, each of which points to a single partial message, contained within a second, error text file. The multiple partial messages are then reflowed into a single paragraph constituting the final error message. The figure illustrates this process.

This technique obviates the need to store repeated messages in cases where unique error conditions require partially common text.

Disclosed anonymously.

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