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Method for Viewing Profs Notelogs in a PC/Dos Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099751D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Telford, RD: AUTHOR

Abstract

PROFS*, IBM's VM Office System, uses the notelog concept to store electronic notes. These notelogs take up a lot of storage on the host, and thus are good candidates for archiving to diskettes. This article describes one method for viewing and printing these notelogs once they are on a diskette.

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Method for Viewing Profs Notelogs in a PC/Dos Environment

       PROFS*, IBM's VM Office System, uses the notelog concept
to store electronic notes.  These notelogs take up a lot of storage
on the host, and thus are good candidates for archiving to diskettes.
This article describes one method for viewing and printing these
notelogs once they are on a diskette.

      PROFS notelogs pose a problem when downloaded to a DOS
workstation (such as an IBM PC, AT* or PS/2*).  Since they contain
binary-encoded length fields, a translation from EBCDIC to ASCII
would prevent the log from ever being uploaded and used in PROFS
again.  If the file is not translated from EDCDIC to ASCII, then it
cannot be viewed by normal editors/browsers on the workstation.

      This problem is solved by a tool called LOGLOOK. LOGLOOK allows
users to archive their PROFS logs to diskette, and be able to view
and print them on the workstation. Since the files are stored in
EBCDIC format on the diskette, they can also be uploaded back to
PROFS at any time.  The unique features of LOGLOOK are:
      1)   Any size notelog can be viewed.  If the notelog fits in
memory, LOGLOOK will access the notes from memory.  Otherwise,
LOGLOOK switches to a disk-based approach, "paging" notes in when
they are needed.
      2)   The notelog is scanned once to extract the routing and
subject information.  Once the information is obtained for all the
notes, a screen is displayed containing all the information (Not...