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Selection of Internal Hard File by Null Name

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042435D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aiken, JA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a naming convention for using a null (blank) name to select an optional internal hard file in a word processing system with one or more diskettes, whereby the operator interface for diskettes is the same in all system configurations. Background In the present word processing system comprising one or more diskettes, program volumes (system program, character font, conversion dictionary) use the volume ID as an indication of the contents of the diskette. The names of program volumes cannot be changed, because operations of the word processing system depend on the specific names. User data volumes have a name supplied by the operator at the time the diskette is initialized. The operator may select any 1-to-6 character name for the diskette.

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Selection of Internal Hard File by Null Name

This article describes a naming convention for using a null (blank) name to select an optional internal hard file in a word processing system with one or more diskettes, whereby the operator interface for diskettes is the same in all system configurations. Background In the present word processing system comprising one or more diskettes, program volumes (system program, character font, conversion dictionary) use the volume ID as an indication of the contents of the diskette. The names of program volumes cannot be changed, because operations of the word processing system depend on the specific names. User data volumes have a name supplied by the operator at the time the diskette is initialized. The operator may select any 1-to-6 character name for the diskette. There is no reasonable way to guarantee unique names among different operator diskettes. However, a problem arises when the word processing system incorporates an optional internal hard file, since all types of volumes are stored in the hard file at the same time. Therefore, there is no simple naming convention that can cover both the requirements of the word processing system for specific program volume names and for the operator to select among different volumes containing operator data. On a system configuration containing only diskettes, the operator will select a document for revision or printing by entering document name and diskette name, whereas on another system configuration containing the hard file, the operator must be able to select either the internal hard file or a diskette. Since both system configurations may exist in the same office, the selection mechanism must be "natural", requiring few or no different operations as the operator moves fr...