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Prompt Driven Parameter Entry Operator Interaface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045871D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ringle, TW: AUTHOR

Abstract

A typewriter incorporates a prompt-driven, parameter-entry operator interface which allows the operator to skip the prompts when a corresponding data entry is provided prior to the prompt.

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Prompt Driven Parameter Entry Operator Interaface

A typewriter incorporates a prompt-driven, parameter-entry operator interface which allows the operator to skip the prompts when a corresponding data entry is provided prior to the prompt.

Typewriters which have no associated display and which transmit documents through a communication channel to another typewriter require that the operator specify various destination and formatting information prior to the transmission. A prompt system is incorporated which requires the printing of questions to which the operator must respond in order to assure that the required information is entered prior to the transmission of the document. This method leads an operator step by step through the interaction necessary and is therefore well suited for a beginning or infrequent user. However, after an operator has used the function enough to become familiar with the information required, the step by step tutorage becomes unnecessary and is not favorably viewed by operators. This article discloses a method which allows the operator to suppress the printing of prompts by entering the responses to all following prompts with the response to the current prompt.

There are two categories of responses which are entered: mandatory and optional. Typical of mandatory responses are those designating the destination address of a document to be transmitted and the identity of the document to be transmitted. Typical of optional responses are tho...