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Verification Method for IBM System/36 Screen Display Help Areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060250D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Otterstatter, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Many program products use help support for their screen displays. Online help support enables a user to position the cursor over a prompt, message or any text on the screen, press the help key and receive a detailed explanation for the item that is marked by the cursor. Help support requires a screen display to be segmented into help areas, rectangular blocks that vary in size and can be defined to exist anywhere on a display screen. Although the help areas cannot be seen when the screen is displayed, it is necessary to verify that the boundaries of the areas have been defined to enclose the appropriate text on the screen. This article describes a technique established to verify help areas while viewing a screen display.

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Verification Method for IBM System/36 Screen Display Help Areas

Many program products use help support for their screen displays. Online help support enables a user to position the cursor over a prompt, message or any text on the screen, press the help key and receive a detailed explanation for the item that is marked by the cursor. Help support requires a screen display to be segmented into help areas, rectangular blocks that vary in size and can be defined to exist anywhere on a display screen. Although the help areas cannot be seen when the screen is displayed, it is necessary to verify that the boundaries of the areas have been defined to enclose the appropriate text on the screen. This article describes a technique established to verify help areas while viewing a screen display. The technique uses an attached personal computer (PC) to color the help areas of the screen while it is displayed. This concept has been implemented in a software tool that offers an easy to use, automated and flexible method of verification. The Helpshow utility consists of two programs: 1. A program that executes on a Personal Computer. 2. A host program that executes on an IBM System/36. By using two programs Helpshow is able to display a System/36 screen and to simultaneously highlight the nondisplayed help areas. The technique used takes advantage of operating the 5250 Emulation Program from a PC program executing concurrently. The Emulation Program enables the PC to resemble a...