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Method to Permit the Removal of Case Sensitivity for Network Names

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038610D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bonebrake, VA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described to permit the IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program and the IBM PC Network Program to be consistent in their handling of network names. The IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program is a software package which allows a personal computer to emulate a 3270 control unit with an attached 3278/3279 display and a 3287 printer in varying configurations, facilitating stand-alone and network operation. The IBM PC 3270 also supports the IBM PC Network Program, a key networking application which provides file sharing, redirection, and messaging functions. Previously the IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program and the IBM PC Network Program differed in the way they handled network names; IBM PC 3270 Emulation was case-sensitive, while IBM PC Network processes all names as upper case.

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Method to Permit the Removal of Case Sensitivity for Network Names

A method is described to permit the IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program and the IBM PC Network Program to be consistent in their handling of network names. The IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program is a software package which allows a personal computer to emulate a 3270 control unit with an attached 3278/3279 display and a 3287 printer in varying configurations, facilitating stand-alone and network operation. The IBM PC 3270 also supports the IBM PC Network Program, a key networking application which provides file sharing, redirection, and messaging functions. Previously the IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program and the IBM PC Network Program differed in the way they handled network names; IBM PC 3270 Emulation was case-sensitive, while IBM PC Network processes all names as upper case. This was very confusing for an operator who was trying to run the two programs together. It was the operator's responsibility to keep track of how the network names were set up on both programs. In a multi-program environment, usability is even more crucial in terms of customer acceptance. In accordance with the new method, the IBM PC 3270 Emulation Program is changed to handle all network names as upper case. It still allows the operator to enter the names in either upper or lower case. Hence, the operator no longer has to keep track of the format of the network names. All conversions from lower to upper case are done internally. The en...