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Review Function for Off-Line Menu Generator Tool

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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

Bullock, GR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described to reduce the awkwardness and frustration a user encounters when trying to define a menu. When using a Menu Generator, the user generally must answer various questions that relate to positions of text and input fields in the menu. It is difficult for the user to answer some of these questions without having the menu in front of them to look at. An example of one of these questions is: What row and column does the input field begin in? In many versions of menu generators, the user has to constantly refer to a hard copy of the menu and count rows and columns with a ruler and/or pencil. In accordance with the new method, a function inside the Menu Generator allows the user to view the text of the menu (which they create before having to answer all these questions) without leaving the Menu Generator.

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Review Function for Off-Line Menu Generator Tool

A method is described to reduce the awkwardness and frustration a user encounters when trying to define a menu. When using a Menu Generator, the user generally must answer various questions that relate to positions of text and input fields in the menu. It is difficult for the user to answer some of these questions without having the menu in front of them to look at. An example of one of these questions is: What row and column does the input field begin in? In many versions of menu generators, the user has to constantly refer to a hard copy of the menu and count rows and columns with a ruler and/or pencil. In accordance with the new method, a function inside the Menu Generator allows the user to view the text of the menu (which they create before having to answer all these questions) without leaving the Menu Generator. The user presses the PF6 key from almost any menu in the Menu Generator and the text of the menu is displayed. The user is able to move the cursor around in the text (to aid in counting rows and columns) but is not able to change any of the text. The user then presses the Enter key and may resume entering data at the same point he/she was before the PF6 key was pressed. So, any time the user needs to refer back to a copy of the menu text to answer a question, it's just a keystroke away. The menu definition process is faster, less frustrating, and results in fewer errors.

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