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Cross-Referencing Between Program Help Panels and Books

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062203D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

By including referencing information for a particular command or function in a help panel or system documentation, the user is made aware that a command or function can be integrated into the systems via an application program, and documentation which supports that command is more easily obtained. Functions and commands which were part of an application program can be integrated into a system such as UNIX* and may even appear to be part of the operating system. However, documentation for these added functions may not reside with UNIX support materials, thereby making it difficult for the user to access information about the added commands.

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Cross-Referencing Between Program Help Panels and Books

By including referencing information for a particular command or function in a help panel or system documentation, the user is made aware that a command or function can be integrated into the systems via an application program, and documentation which supports that command is more easily obtained. Functions and commands which were part of an application program can be integrated into a system such as UNIX* and may even appear to be part of the operating system. However, documentation for these added functions may not reside with UNIX support materials, thereby making it difficult for the user to access information about the added commands. This problem is resolved by indicating in UNIX documentation which parameters have the potential for additions from added application programs and refer the user to the help panel for other information. Further, the help panel will provide information indicating which application program was the source of the particular added parameter so that the user may gain quick access to documentation. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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