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Ease-Of-Use Feature - HELP Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044399D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McMahon, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A "HELP" button is a key added as an ease-of-use feature to a data base terminal for use by the general populace. Because the average user of the terminal would be an individual inexperienced in the use of terminals, ease-of-use features are very important. The "HELP" button causes the display of pages of text containing appropriate instructions in simple language. These pages of text are placed in ROM (read-only memory) at the time of manufacture. These instructions might be as simple as pointing out that the telephone line must be connected. They might, on the other hand, be tailored to allow a new user to perform a complex task like loading an auto-dialer and loading buffers with log-on information. The "HELP" key can be used at any time without disturbing the system connection.

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Ease-Of-Use Feature - HELP Button

A "HELP" button is a key added as an ease-of-use feature to a data base terminal for use by the general populace. Because the average user of the terminal would be an individual inexperienced in the use of terminals, ease-of- use features are very important. The "HELP" button causes the display of pages of text containing appropriate instructions in simple language. These pages of text are placed in ROM (read-only memory) at the time of manufacture. These instructions might be as simple as pointing out that the telephone line must be connected. They might, on the other hand, be tailored to allow a new user to perform a complex task like loading an auto-dialer and loading buffers with log-on information. The "HELP" key can be used at any time without disturbing the system connection. While the "HELP" screens are being displayed, the last screen sent from the system is retained in storage in the terminal. Once into the "HELP" series of screens, selection of additional "HELP" screens is done by a menu. Therefore, the sequence of operations becomes: 1) Push "HELP" 2) First Page of assistance appears giving basic information and instructions on getting to additional "HELP" pages. 3) When sufficient assistance has been obtained, a second depression of "HELP" returns the user to the page originally being viewed. A further refinement of this idea is possible to give assistance within an application for help specifically related to that a...