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Method for Providing Options in an Interactive System Relating to Specific Tasks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062570D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hearin, KK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described which permits a user to display data in a way designed by the user. In order to meet the requirements a user might have in creating a screen, flexibility in moving about the screen, allowing a functionally rich set of options and yet providing a easy- to-use interface are difficult to achieve. The method involves a number of distinct features. First, a blank screen is presented to the user that allows for full editing functions, thereby allowing movement about the screen, as would be allowed in a text processor. When function is desired, the user may mark a point on the screen, thus providing a window with the functions available to be chosen.

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Method for Providing Options in an Interactive System Relating to Specific Tasks

A method is described which permits a user to display data in a way designed by the user. In order to meet the requirements a user might have in creating a screen, flexibility in moving about the screen, allowing a functionally rich set of options and yet providing a easy- to-use interface are difficult to achieve. The method involves a number of distinct features. First, a blank screen is presented to the user that allows for full editing functions, thereby allowing movement about the screen, as would be allowed in a text processor. When function is desired, the user may mark a point on the screen, thus providing a window with the functions available to be chosen. Functions available would include the following: 1) choose a field in a table to be represented on the screen; 2) enhance a field already represented on the screen; 3) create a field on the screen that is a result of more than one field represented on the screen; 4) provide block functions such as move, copy, delete, color and draw; and 5) provide system types that may be positioned on the screen. The user is provided much function and much flexibility, but at the same time is lead through the steps that must occur to achieve a well-designed screen. Another feature of the method is to assign the functions that are pervasive throughout the system to the function keys. In addition, one key is called Options so that the name...