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Method for Displaying Field-Specific Date Formats

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100990D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McClanahan, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A screen coding method is disclosed which uses a translate table in order to provide support for display of international date formats on video display terminals. This screen coding method permits display of field-specific date formats from variable application internal date formats. The screen coding method allows screens to be coded so that the date formats are configurable system wide. A unique feature of this method allows both the date format and the date delimiter to be configured to match the custom of the country.

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Method for Displaying Field-Specific Date Formats

       A screen coding method is disclosed which uses a
translate table in order to provide support for display of
international date formats on video display terminals.  This screen
coding method permits display of field-specific date formats from
variable application internal date formats. The screen coding method
allows screens to be coded so that the date formats are configurable
system wide.  A unique feature of this method allows both the date
format and the date delimiter to be configured to match the custom of
the country.

      Fig. 1 illustrates the screen coding supporting international
date formats.

      Date translate tables provide the capability to store dates in
a Symbol Table using one format and display these dates on a screen
in another format.  A date translate table follows the same coding
rules as a normal translate table except that a date translate table
must have the word "DATEFORM" coded in columns 21-28.  Additionally,
a date translate table may only have one entry and may not be
continued.  The argument of the date translate table describes the
format of the date which is input from or output to the screen.  It
is not the actual date.  The argument may only be one of the valid
date formats or one of the standard system date formats.  The
function of the date translate table describes the format of the date
which is to reside or does reside in the system.  It is not the
act...