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Method for Incorporating Data Base Definitions on a Display Record Format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050706D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gillis, RD: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

This provides the user of a Screen Design Aid Utility a method for incorporating fields of a display record format. The fields and the attributes are predefined in the system's data base and are then used for the definition of the display record format. A list of the fields is displayed from the data base, on the bottom of the work display, and a technique is provided to copy the definition of these fields into the display record format.

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Method for Incorporating Data Base Definitions on a Display Record Format

This provides the user of a Screen Design Aid Utility a method for incorporating fields of a display record format. The fields and the attributes are predefined in the system's data base and are then used for the definition of the display record format. A list of the fields is displayed from the data base, on the bottom of the work display, and a technique is provided to copy the definition of these fields into the display record format.

When fields are defined in the data base, the following field attributes can be defined, in addition to others; however, these are the attributes that can be applied to the display record format: - Field name - Field length - Decimal positions - Column headings (3 tier) - Text descriptions for identification - Edit codes and edit words - Validity checking parameters.

On the work display, the user can press a command key to display prompting for which data base files and fields should be presented on the bottom line of the work display. Fig. 1 is an example of this prompting.

Once these fields are selected, the user is returned to the Work Display and is allowed to place these fields in the display record format. A list of all of the fields, either one at a time or in groups, is displayed on the bottom of the Work Display for inclusion into the display record format. The technique for placement of these fields is to key the following characters on the Work Display in the position desired: & Place the field definition. &L Place the field w...