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Displaying Delayed Messages in a Text Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059749D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Buquoi, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described to keep a background or concurrently running application from writing over messages previously displayed on the screen. A message can be displayed two ways. It can be displayed as an "immediate" message which is immediately displayed and subsequently removed from the screen with the next keystroke. It may also be displayed as an "action" message which is also immediately displayed. However, the "action" message will only be removed from the screen when the operator presses the MSG key, or the application program that asked that the message be issued requests that it be removed. If another message is issued while an "action" message is being displayed, a blinking vertical rectangle will appear on the message line replacing the arrow (>) that is normally there.

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Displaying Delayed Messages in a Text Processing System

A method is described to keep a background or concurrently running application from writing over messages previously displayed on the screen. A message can be displayed two ways. It can be displayed as an "immediate" message which is immediately displayed and subsequently removed from the screen with the next keystroke. It may also be displayed as an "action" message which is also immediately displayed. However, the "action" message will only be removed from the screen when the operator presses the MSG key, or the application program that asked that the message be issued requests that it be removed. If another message is issued while an "action" message is being displayed, a blinking vertical rectangle will appear on the message line replacing the arrow (>) that is normally there. Message services will then wait for the operator to press the MSG key. The new message will not be displayed nor will any other processing continue until the operator presses the MSG key. A "replaceable" message type may also be employed. A message displayed as "replaceable" is immediately displayed, but not removed on the next keystroke. Neither does it require the MSG key to be pressed. It will stay on the screen until another message overwrites it. Generally, an application will request message services to display an "action" message when it knows that it is essential for the operator to see the message. Messages displayed as "i...