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Intelligent Keystroke Capture for Personal Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101612D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cummins, EM: AUTHOR

Abstract

While operating as a mainframe workstation, a Personal Computer may be programmed to capture the keystrokes for later playback to the host. This is useful for repetitive testing of host applications. It is also useful for automating host applications that are complex, or long running. A significant problem is that editing of the captured keystrokes is difficult because no information is captured along with the keystrokes that indicates what part of the application is associated with a given group of keystrokes. For applications with many different screens, this can be a real problem.

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Intelligent Keystroke Capture for Personal Computers

       While operating as a mainframe workstation, a Personal
Computer may be programmed to capture the keystrokes for later
playback to the host.  This is useful for repetitive testing of host
applications.  It is also useful for automating host applications
that are complex, or long running.  A significant problem is that
editing of the captured keystrokes is difficult because no
information is captured along with the keystrokes that indicates what
part of the application is associated with a given group of
keystrokes.  For applications with many different screens, this can
be a real problem.

      This problem is solved by a table-driven program that gives a
user the ability to automatically capture pertinent information from
each screen such as menu names or screen identification.  This
information can be interspersed as comments along with the captured
keystrokes.  The user may then easily determine what keystrokes are
associated with each application screen.  The user may create
different key tables for each application.  This program is an
improvement over other keystroke capture programs because it
automatically captures screen data and it supports both 5250 and 3270
terminal emulation in the same program.