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Help Panels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039295D
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tiller, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Help panels are commonly provided in computer programs to aid the user. A help panel is accessed by pressing a key which is identified in a list on a menu panel, e.g., F1. After viewing the help panel, the user is given a choice of which panel is to be displayed next by means of another list of keys on the help panel. The list is often extensive, e.g., F1 through F10. Typically, the logic of which panel to display next is coded into the instruction stream of the program. With the present method, the logic of which panel to display next is placed in a table contained in the program. This table is organized by the name of the panel and has entries for each panel accessible by the user from the named panel.

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Help Panels

Help panels are commonly provided in computer programs to aid the user. A help panel is accessed by pressing a key which is identified in a list on a menu panel, e.g., F1. After viewing the help panel, the user is given a choice of which panel is to be displayed next by means of another list of keys on the help panel. The list is often extensive, e.g., F1 through F10. Typically, the logic of which panel to display next is coded into the instruction stream of the program. With the present method, the logic of which panel to display next is placed in a table contained in the program. This table is organized by the name of the panel and has entries for each panel accessible by the user from the named panel. This method allows panels to be changed, deleted and added without making changes to the instructions of the program itself.

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