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Method for Presenting User Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038915D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hearin, KK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Messages that are presented to the user, whether in the form of completion messages, warning messages, or error messages, are important for the successful completion of a task. Typically, messages are provided in one line at a fixed location on the screen and are generic in nature. In a software product that provides a prompted interface, leading the user through the steps it takes to perform a task, the messages that are provided to a user must be explanatory in content so that the interface is complete in its prompting. One-line messages that are generic in content are not sufficient to meet the needs of the user. However, in expanding the size of the messages, support for language translation also has to be considered so that the interface meets all requirements of the translation.

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Method for Presenting User Information

Messages that are presented to the user, whether in the form of completion messages, warning messages, or error messages, are important for the successful completion of a task. Typically, messages are provided in one line at a fixed location on the screen and are generic in nature. In a software product that provides a prompted interface, leading the user through the steps it takes to perform a task, the messages that are provided to a user must be explanatory in content so that the interface is complete in its prompting. One-line messages that are generic in content are not sufficient to meet the needs of the user. However, in expanding the size of the messages, support for language translation also has to be considered so that the interface meets all requirements of the translation. In accordance with the new method, when presenting a message to the user, information that is available already with the system is provided. For example, in a relational database product, this would include providing tablegroup names, table names, view names and record counts as appropriate within messages. The system polls the database catalog for this information and presents what is necessary to the user. An example of this is where the user requests to drop a table. The system can inform the user that the table requested resides in which tablegroup, can inform the user how many views exist that are based on this table and how many records a...