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Indicating the "FILE TYPES" in the FILES Window of a User-Interactive Display System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062429D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

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IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

By displaying the file type name to the right of each entry in the FILES window, the user is provided with an easy way to associate file types with each instance of the file type in the FILES window. Within the FILES window of the Usability Services, the user and the system must make use of file-type information to understand the set of commands made available to the user. The user can determine this information via the Inode or .SYSCATALOG (when Data Management Services is installed) and through the suffix of the file itself (when a suffix exists). However, this procedure requires an extra level of effort on the part of the user to obtain a piece of information that the system already has. The solution to this problem is to display the file-type name to the right of each entry in the FILES window.

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Indicating the "FILE TYPES" in the FILES Window of a User-Interactive Display System

By displaying the file type name to the right of each entry in the FILES window, the user is provided with an easy way to associate file types with each instance of the file type in the FILES window. Within the FILES window of the Usability Services, the user and the system must make use of file-type information to understand the set of commands made available to the user. The user can determine this information via the Inode or .SYSCATALOG (when Data Management Services is installed) and through the suffix of the file itself (when a suffix exists). However, this procedure requires an extra level of effort on the part of the user to obtain a piece of information that the system already has. The solution to this problem is to display the file-type name to the right of each entry in the FILES window. In this way, the user is told explicitly the file type of each object in the current directory. This same name is displayed in the CREATE pop- up panel (where objects of this type can be created) and in the FILE TYPES pop- up panel (where characteristics of this type can be changed). The system determines the file type by combining numerous pieces of information using the Inode, the .SYSCATALOG and the like.

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