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Construction of a Complex Control to Change the Properties of a Sub-Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101441D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to provide list support for a field in which a two-part database object name can be entered. Currently there is not a valid way to switch a qualifier within a Query Manager object session. The user must actually type in a qualifier followed by a "." followed by the actual object name. This syntax confuses users and does not allow the user to obtain any information on the possible choices for this situation. It requires that the user remember several names which the system actually knows.

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Construction of a Complex Control to Change the Properties of a Sub-Object

       Disclosed is a mechanism to provide list support for a
field in which a two-part database object name can be entered.
Currently there is not a valid way to switch a qualifier within a
Query Manager object session.  The user must actually type in a
qualifier followed by a "."  followed by the actual object name.
This syntax confuses users and does not allow the user to obtain any
information on the possible choices for this situation. It requires
that the user remember several names which the system actually knows.

      This problem is solved with the construction of a complex drop-
down combination list box.  This new control will combine features of
a drop-down list with the features of a drop-down combination box.
The initial list will be displayed and the user will have the
opportunity to change the list qualifier within the new control via a
drop- down list field.  When the user chooses a new qualifier from
the drop- down list, the list in the new control will be
automatically updated.  See the figure for an example of this
control.

      For example, when the user places the cursor in the appropriate
field and requests the drop-down combination list to be displayed,
the new control will contain a special field within it.  This field
will be a drop-down list which contains the qualifiers that are
available to the user. When the user selects the qualifier name, the
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