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Panels Which Specifically Request Files And/Or Directories

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061438D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR

Abstract

By providing panels in the "Files" and "Tools" windows which explicitly present to the user the type and number of objects which are appropriate for input to a specific command, confusion and error are avoided. In UNIX*-based systems, a command may accept a single file, multiple files, a single directory, multiple directories or combinations thereof as input, with the appropriate choice not being clear to the user. The user must recall which choice is valid for each command, which has resulted in incorrectly specifying the inputs to commands. This confusion is eliminated by having the "Files" and "Tools" windows explicitly present to the user the type and number of objects which are appropriate for input.

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Panels Which Specifically Request Files And/Or Directories

By providing panels in the "Files" and "Tools" windows which explicitly present to the user the type and number of objects which are appropriate for input to a specific command, confusion and error are avoided. In UNIX*-based systems, a command may accept a single file, multiple files, a single directory, multiple directories or combinations thereof as input, with the appropriate choice not being clear to the user. The user must recall which choice is valid for each command, which has resulted in incorrectly specifying the inputs to commands. This confusion is eliminated by having the "Files" and "Tools" windows explicitly present to the user the type and number of objects which are appropriate for input. For example, when a single file may be used as input, the panel asks for "File"; when multiple files may be used as input, the panel asks for "Files". When multiple files or directories would be appropriate input, "Files or Directories" would be displayed. Therefore, the user does not have to recall the appropriate input and can more easily specify correct input to commands. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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