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Wait Screen Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059765D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Masiello, N: AUTHOR

Abstract

During the processing of functions in a computer which take a relatively long period of time, the user is often unaware that the processing is taking place, except by sounds coming from the disk drive or a flashing light. The method described is a procedure which tells the user that processing is taking place, what function is being processed, and the time, typically the time of day. In creating a program which contains such functions, the programmer calls this procedure at significant intervals during the processing. The procedure displays a "Wait Screen" showing the current time. Each time the procedure is called, the time is updated, and the programmer may cause a message to appear in the area on the screen adjacent the time display. For example, as shown in Fig.

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Wait Screen Display

During the processing of functions in a computer which take a relatively long period of time, the user is often unaware that the processing is taking place, except by sounds coming from the disk drive or a flashing light. The method described is a procedure which tells the user that processing is taking place, what function is being processed, and the time, typically the time of day. In creating a program which contains such functions, the programmer calls this procedure at significant intervals during the processing. The procedure displays a "Wait Screen" showing the current time. Each time the procedure is called, the time is updated, and the programmer may cause a message to appear in the area on the screen adjacent the time display. For example, as shown in Fig. 1, the function "Processing Chart of Accounts" is being processed by the computer, and the time of day is displayed on the user's display. Subsequently, a second function "Processing Asset Accounts", and then a third function "Processing Liabilities Accounts", is run on the computer with the time of day being updated for each function, as shown in Fig. 2. In this way, the user is made aware of the fact that the program is operating appropriately and has something to look at instead of a blank screen.

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