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Screen Image Verification and Manipulation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061633D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kelley, SA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a set of programs which manipulate text files and display panels in such a way that a user may be assured of consistency between design documents and actual screen displays. In several cases the screen images which are displayed in an application program are not equivalent to the manner in which they are presented in a design document from which they were created. This inconsistency leads to confusion and misunderstandings by the persons responsible for design and execution of a product, so much so that in certain cases a great amount of rework must be made in order to have the product screens look like they are presented in the documentation. This application solves that problem by converting the screen design text file into a display panel definition file.

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Screen Image Verification and Manipulation

This article describes a set of programs which manipulate text files and display panels in such a way that a user may be assured of consistency between design documents and actual screen displays. In several cases the screen images which are displayed in an application program are not equivalent to the manner in which they are presented in a design document from which they were created. This inconsistency leads to confusion and misunderstandings by the persons responsible for design and execution of a product, so much so that in certain cases a great amount of rework must be made in order to have the product screens look like they are presented in the documentation. This application solves that problem by converting the screen design text file into a display panel definition file. It may also be used in the reverse order if an application exists that is being documented. In order to insure the usability of the screen image, the application may be used to display the screen design text file on the terminal of the designer. That way the author of the document may verify the display of the actual program screen before finalizing the text file. The image is displayed with all highlighting intact. This manipulation of the text file can then be used in testing the usability and readability of a product early in the development cycle, saving both time and money.

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