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Method for Generating Definition Listings Required by the Online: Presentation Control Language Program

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040370D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Easter, C: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is described to eliminate the manual generation of definition listings required by on Online Presentation Development System (OPDS) program. The Online Presentation Control Language (OPCL) is a group of programs designed to create stand-alone online presentations. An information developer (typically a non-programmer) uses OPCL commands to specify document structure, displayable text, sounds, animation, and other parts of the presentation. The OPDS is a group of programs designed to create stand-alone online presentation. Online presentations include product demonstrations, tutorials, and other programs in which the computer is used to present information. The OPDS consists of three tools: . The OP Compiler - converts the OPCL into object code format. .

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Method for Generating Definition Listings Required by the Online: Presentation Control Language Program

A method is described to eliminate the manual generation of definition listings required by on Online Presentation Development System (OPDS) program. The Online Presentation Control Language (OPCL) is a group of programs designed to create stand-alone online presentations. An information developer (typically a non-programmer) uses OPCL commands to specify document structure, displayable text, sounds, animation, and other parts of the presentation. The OPDS is a group of programs designed to create stand-alone online presentation.

Online presentations include product demonstrations, tutorials, and other programs in which the computer is used to present information. The OPDS consists of three tools: . The OP Compiler - converts the OPCL into object

code

format. . The OP Compressor - formats and compresses displayable picture elements of text and graphic shapes. . The OP Processor - loads and executes the object code with its corresponding picture elements. When using the OPDS, a person creating a presentation must specify the ID number, file name, size and data type (ASCII, APA high resolution, or APA medium resolution) for every display unit used in a section of a presentation. These display units and their size information already exist in separate data files. Because each section normally uses from 50 to 100 display units, the task of entering this information manually becomes time-consuming and prone to errors. A method to simplify this step is described. The OPDS Convert program already acts on the data files to create the actual display units used by the OPDS program. An extension is added to the OPDS Convert program to automatically generate the definition listings needed by the OPDS program. An explanation of the Convert program follows. The Convert program was created to generate character display unit files from ASCII files. A user types t...