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Simplified Generation and use of Profiles of Default Values for Formatted Screens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051117D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bandat, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

System control programs for supporting display units, such as IBM CICS/ VS, use screen formatting, with a statistically defined format description serving to ensure correspondence of communication between data areas on the screen and data variables in a program. It is frequently necessary to display on screens predefined values (defaults) which differ from one program user and format description to another. It is proposed that the definition and use of such user specific sets of default values be simplified by employing the same format description as for communication between data areas on the screen and data areas in the program. This makes it possible to use a given profile of default values independently of the format of the screen.

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Simplified Generation and use of Profiles of Default Values for Formatted Screens

System control programs for supporting display units, such as IBM CICS/ VS, use screen formatting, with a statistically defined format description serving to ensure correspondence of communication between data areas on the screen and data variables in a program. It is frequently necessary to display on screens predefined values (defaults) which differ from one program user and format description to another. It is proposed that the definition and use of such user specific sets of default values be simplified by employing the same format description as for communication between data areas on the screen and data areas in the program. This makes it possible to use a given profile of default values independently of the format of the screen. As a result, such values can subsequently be prepared, verified, stored and used with the aid of the existing screen format.

The proposal is described below by means of the figure. The given screen format is #99 which already exists in the format file. All operations are performed by the user/programmer NN, whose user identification is implicitly available to the processor.

The figure shows, by arrows, steps 1 to 4 for preparing a set of default values for the screen format #99 and the user NN, employing screen format data from the format file. Step 1 consists in loading the data and screen formats from format file 11 into work storage 12 of a process...