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Message Translation and Format Verification Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039583D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

This article describes a user-friendly tool to verify the formats of messages for use in applications designed to run on the IBM Personal Computer. The program is designed to be used by programmers and end- users to assure the format and translation of the message by the actual users. The program standardizes the development of messages displayed by personal computer programs. The program prompts for the name of the input file containing the message texts that require verification. The input file is an ASCII file continuing the text with no tab characters. The program formats and displays each message as it appears when displayed by the message facility subroutine. The message facility subroutine is a common subroutine included in each IBM Personal Computer application. Each message can be verified as to content and format.

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Message Translation and Format Verification Tool

This article describes a user-friendly tool to verify the formats of messages for use in applications designed to run on the IBM Personal Computer. The program is designed to be used by programmers and end- users to assure the format and translation of the message by the actual users. The program standardizes the development of messages displayed by personal computer programs. The program prompts for the name of the input file containing the message texts that require verification. The input file is an ASCII file continuing the text with no tab characters. The program formats and displays each message as it appears when displayed by the message facility subroutine. The message facility subroutine is a common subroutine included in each IBM Personal Computer application. Each message can be verified as to content and format. The user has the option of requesting a printed output of each message. Each message is separately displayable and is uniquely qualified by a 5-digit number. The advantages of using the message translation and format verification tool comprise the following. First, the messages are quickly and easily verified with this tool. Second, the person verifying the messages does not need to be a programmer. Programming errors are reduced by only providing as output an ASCII file. This ASCII file is input to the message table generator to generate the final message table for use in the program. Finally,...