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Improved Message HELP With Online Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062492D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sladowski, R: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for allowing the user of a terminal or workstation connected to a computer system to press the HELP key, after locating the cursor at a diagnostic message, which will open an Online Help manual, which sets forth help for that specific message. This Online Help Facility has the concept of the help text being in an online manual, a standard text document. The online manual is opened to the correct page and line using the fact that messages on the system have the concept of codes associated with them, and are called Message Identification Codes (MIC). These codes are made up of components and numbers for the individual messages, for example, TXT-1234. Therefore, when an application displays a message, that message has an associated MIC number. The MIC number requires an association in the Online Document.

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Improved Message HELP With Online Information

A method is provided for allowing the user of a terminal or workstation connected to a computer system to press the HELP key, after locating the cursor at a diagnostic message, which will open an Online Help manual, which sets forth help for that specific message. This Online Help Facility has the concept of the help text being in an online manual, a standard text document. The online manual is opened to the correct page and line using the fact that messages on the system have the concept of codes associated with them, and are called Message Identification Codes (MIC). These codes are made up of components and numbers for the individual messages, for example, TXT-1234. Therefore, when an application displays a message, that message has an associated MIC number. The MIC number requires an association in the Online Document. That association is provided by a convention, namely, that the numeric portion of the MIC be contained in the Help Text Label. A Help Text Label is a location in an online help document that is put there by a standard text instruction. This label enables the document to be opened to the location that the label resides. This Help Text Label must be composed as follows: MSG - An identifier to denote this is the location to open the document when responding to a request for HELP on a message. Numeric - The number specified here must be the digit portion of the MIC being displayed. The application displaying the message must then handle the HELP key request. The application would assign the document and folder identification, and build a Help Text La...