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Method to Display Effects of Profile Color Choices for Screen Palettes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039742D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bracht, CJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described to allow the operator to see the effects of the profile color choices for the screen palettes with minimal operator interaction. Profiles allow operators the freedom to change parameters to values other than the system defaults. Profile editing can occur on active and non-active profiles alike. Color display parameter editing has been provided which gives operators the ability to change and view the effect of color combinations so palettes can be created that best meet the needs of each individual operator. There exists today six color palettes which can be changed by operators.

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Method to Display Effects of Profile Color Choices for Screen Palettes

A method is described to allow the operator to see the effects of the profile color choices for the screen palettes with minimal operator interaction. Profiles allow operators the freedom to change parameters to values other than the system defaults. Profile editing can occur on active and non-active profiles alike. Color display parameter editing has been provided which gives operators the ability to change and view the effect of color combinations so palettes can be created that best meet the needs of each individual operator. There exists today six color palettes which can be changed by operators. They define color attributes for the following areas of the screen: Text Task Area

Menus

Notice Boxes

Help Panels

Status Lines

Message Line

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When all color choices are made to the Profile Task's color display menu, the current color values of the profile being edited (those just specified) are copied into a temporary buffer, and the central pointer to the color display parameters is changed from pointing to the active profile's color data section to point to the temporary buffer. This done, the status and message lines are rebuilt by the Display Access Method (DAM) with the new values (without having to know of the pointer change). Then, the screen is cleared and rebuilt with the new Text Task background color (again this is accomplished without DAM having to know of the color change). See Fig. 1.

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Now, a menu is displayed. DAM will go to the temporary buffer and pick up the new menu palette colors and use these to build the menu. Since it is desired that the menu remain displayed but no operator interaction occur, the menu is defined to be non-interactive and the screen is not to be restored when control is returned to Profile Task....