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Customizing of Programs by Multilevel Models

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082360D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Costa, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Previous application customizing of code for users employed a model application from which can be derived customized applications, which are subsets of the model. The model is written in American English, and, while it can be translated to some other national language, translations are tied to the character-length of the original English. Specialty data processing functions can be added to a user's application only after customizing, and the cost of including an additional function in the model makes it worthwhile to do so only for those functions which will be chosen by a large number of users.

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Customizing of Programs by Multilevel Models

Previous application customizing of code for users employed a model application from which can be derived customized applications, which are subsets of the model. The model is written in American English, and, while it can be translated to some other national language, translations are tied to the character-length of the original English. Specialty data processing functions can be added to a user's application only after customizing, and the cost of including an additional function in the model makes it worthwhile to do so only for those functions which will be chosen by a large number of users.

A single-level model is restrictive in terms of form (its original language) and content (inclusion/omission of functional support). An improvement thereover is a multilevel model approach, which.starts with a source model that is equivalent to the old single-level model. The source model is written in American English and includes certain data processing functions and omits others. The source model is not used as the file for customizing, however.

The source model is the basis for different national models in languages other than American English. Any number of national models can be derived from the source model. Each national model has the same functional content as the source model, but language restrictions are imposed by the content rather than the form of the source model. Program labels and keywords must conform to prog...