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Non-Programmer's Tool for Combining Program and MRI Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038365D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grafe, RJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The MRI file contains all the translatable ASCII text that the program requires in order to format its displays. It contains such things as messages, prompts, help screens, and miscellaneous screen text. A PGM file is a file that contains the executable program. A DOS COM file is a relocateable DOS file that is capable of being loaded and executed under the DOS command processor. The Merger tool described combines the MRI and PGM files in order to create a DOS COM file. This tool simplifies the task by providing a full screen interface that allows the non-programmer to select the program to create and then permits changing the name of the resulting DOS COM file; this name is remembered across Merger sessions. When the Merger program is entered, the initial screen, as shown in Fig. 1, is presented to the translator (user).

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Non-Programmer's Tool for Combining Program and MRI Files

The MRI file contains all the translatable ASCII text that the program requires in order to format its displays. It contains such things as messages, prompts, help screens, and miscellaneous screen text. A PGM file is a file that contains the executable program. A DOS COM file is a relocateable DOS file that is capable of being loaded and executed under the DOS command processor. The Merger tool described combines the MRI and PGM files in order to create a DOS COM file. This tool simplifies the task by providing a full screen interface that allows the non-programmer to select the program to create and then permits changing the name of the resulting DOS COM file; this name is remembered across Merger sessions. When the Merger program is entered, the initial screen, as shown in Fig. 1, is presented to the translator (user). The translator merely has to move the block cursor to the application and press Enter, Cursor Down or Cursor Up or type the first character of the application. The name of the application's COM file will appear on the second prompt and the selected application will be bracketed on the first prompt. If this is the first time the PGM and MRI files have been combined, then the English name for the COM file will be displayed. After the initial time, the translated name for the COM file is remembered by the Merger program in the COM file table.

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When the translator presses F5, t...