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Cancel Key Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048510D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Adam, TL: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A menu or prompt interaction in the reverse order that the menu or prompts were presented. For instance, when the operator is interacting with a system's choice list or menu, a cancel key provides the operator the ability to progressively cancel the keyed response, the prompt for the selection made, all choices changed on that menu, or the entire menu.

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Cancel Key Functions

A menu or prompt interaction in the reverse order that the menu or prompts were presented. For instance, when the operator is interacting with a system's choice list or menu, a cancel key provides the operator the ability to progressively cancel the keyed response, the prompt for the selection made, all choices changed on that menu, or the entire menu.

Normally, a cancel key is used to cancel functions and clear prompts. The exact effect of the cancel key, however, depends on the state of the system when the key is pressed.

If the cancel key is pressed while the system is in a change keyboard arrangement arrangement function, the cancel key does the following:
1. If the operator has typed an answer on the prompt line, the

cancel key will remove the answer from the prompt line.
2. If only the leading prompt is on the prompt line (i.e., no

operator answer is on the line), then the cancel key will

cancel the function.

If, on the other hand, the system is in the create/revise document tasks, then depressing the cancel key may be used to cancel the move, copy, delete block modes and the "go to" and find functions.

During the "go to" and find functions, if the operator has answered the prompt on the prompt line, the cancel key then initially clears only the answer from the prompt line. Depressing the cancel key again will cancel the entire function.

If the system is in the middle of nested prompts (i.e., "delete what?" followed by "find what?", the...