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Method to Display Commands on Command Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038726D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Some commands in a UNIX* type operating system are appropriate for one or more files, or one or more directories, or both. A method is described where commands only appear when they are appropriate. A large set of commands is supported by most Operating Systems. The user may typically only use a subset of these commands on any particular object (i.e., a file, a directory, etc.). Additionally, a given command may accept no files or directories, or one or more files or directories as input. The user is left with the task of searching through manuals for the command that performs the desired function on the desired object. In accordance with the new method, only the commands that are appropriate at any given time are displayed on the command bar.

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Method to Display Commands on Command Bars

Some commands in a UNIX* type operating system are appropriate for one or more files, or one or more directories, or both. A method is described where commands only appear when they are appropriate. A large set of commands is supported by most Operating Systems. The user may typically only use a subset of these commands on any particular object (i.e., a file, a directory, etc.). Additionally, a given command may accept no files or directories, or one or more files or directories as input. The user is left with the task of searching through manuals for the command that performs the desired function on the desired object. In accordance with the new method, only the commands that are appropriate at any given time are displayed on the command bar. When the user selects a text file, commands such as OPEN, SHOW and PRINT appear on the command bar. When the user selects an executable file, commands such as RUN appear on the command bar; note that OPEN, SHOW, and PRINT would not appear as they are not appropriate. In this way, the user sees those commands that are appropriate to the objects they are working with (if any). Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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