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Field Outlining Audit Operation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061106D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, O: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a field outlining audit operation for application generators. Information management system application development programs, such as IMSADF II, use an auditor routine to validate input data, per form application logic, and process application data. The auditor uses a symbol dictionary technique to decide which operations are to be performed on specified data. Fields in a user data base may be defined using a double-byte character set (DBCS), such as the Japanese Kanji language. Terminals, such as the 5550, have the capability of distinguishing such fields on the screen by using field outlining. This is a capability of drawing from one to four lines around the field in order to make its appearance distinguishable from other fields on the screen.

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Field Outlining Audit Operation

This article describes a field outlining audit operation for application generators. Information management system application development programs, such as IMSADF II, use an auditor routine to validate input data, per form application logic, and process application data. The auditor uses a symbol dictionary technique to decide which operations are to be performed on specified data. Fields in a user data base may be defined using a double-byte character set (DBCS), such as the Japanese Kanji language. Terminals, such as the 5550, have the capability of distinguishing such fields on the screen by using field outlining. This is a capability of drawing from one to four lines around the field in order to make its appearance distinguishable from other fields on the screen. The invention of a field outlining audit operation enables the setting of field-outlining attributes of a displayed field to be logic dependent, based upon user-chosen input. As shown in the diagram, this operation causes the appropriate attribute bytes to be set for a given field, such that field outlining for that field will occur on the screen. The auditor operation uses descriptor data segments naming the target field and either the outlining specification or the field which contains the specification. This invention will allow the Kanji user (as well as other DBCS users in the future) the functional capability needed for their application programs.

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