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Bookmarking Online Tutorials

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061042D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Wenz, DG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This is an online tutorial for use by an operator of a workstation, or terminal connected to a computer system. It uses a technique that is completely contained in the Online Information Facility and does not require any coding in the application. It is therefore very generalized, and can be used by any application that has this facility available. The technique appears to the user as a simple command key that is available when reading online information. The display that is presented would typically look as follows: (Image Omitted) Notice that when the user presses CMD9, the application does not need to be aware that it was pressed. The application assumes that the user just returns to normal processing. What will happen from a user perspective is that there is a bookmark in the Online Document.

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Bookmarking Online Tutorials

This is an online tutorial for use by an operator of a workstation, or terminal connected to a computer system. It uses a technique that is completely contained in the Online Information Facility and does not require any coding in the application. It is therefore very generalized, and can be used by any application that has this facility available. The technique appears to the user as a simple command key that is available when reading online information. The display that is presented would typically look as follows:

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Notice that when the user presses CMD9, the application does not need to be aware that it was pressed. The application assumes that the user just returns to normal processing. What will happen from a user perspective is that there is a bookmark in the Online Document. This means that the next time HELP is pressed, the user returns to this spot to continue the tutorial lesson. The tutorial lesson is initiated through the HELP key taking the user to "cursor sensitive help" and then being referred to a tutorial lesson. Help and the tutorial lesson take place without major new techniques or interference from each other. The special coding required from the Online Information Facility is as follows: 1. When the user presses Cmd9, setting a bookmark, the Online Information Facility must not just restore the user's previous session, but must make note of which page and line number, and in which Help Document, the...