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Automotive Database Touch-Screen User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101684D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harper, DL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an automotive database touch screen user interface for accessing price and part location information in a database of automotive parts and automatically generating a transaction at a point-of-sale terminal.

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Automotive Database Touch-Screen User Interface

       Disclosed is an automotive database touch screen user
interface for accessing price and part location information in a
database of automotive parts and automatically generating a
transaction at a point-of-sale terminal.

      The automotive database interface was developed to interface
with the RETAIL/2000 point-of-sale (POS) application and feed
transactions for a sale into the point-of-sale front-end.  The user
interface is a touch-screen monitor or a mouse which allows the user
to select the auto parts required to implement a particular change or
facilitate maintenance to his automobile.  The touch screen user
interface is generic and enables a user through a System/36 (S/36) or
AS/400* program to interact with a variety of automotive databases
resident on the S/36, AS/400 or PS/2*.  The actual code for the
touch-screen user interface is written in the EASEL authoring
language in PC/DOS or OS/2* flat files resident on a PC or PS/2.
Communications between the PC or PS/2 and the S/36 or AS/400 is
provided by a 5250 emulation or a token ring adapter. Fig. 1
illustrates the system configuration.

      The system takes the user through a series of screens which
allows him to choose the make, year, model and type of service
specific to the selection.  Optionally, if the service type requires
knowledge of the engine type and/or body type, the user is led
through that selection screen as well.  A series of screens allows
the user to select all the parts or groups of parts by manufacturer.
These screens appear in order of application for service type.
Screen 1, shown in Fig. 2, allows the user to select domestic,
foreign or truck manufacturers or go to a fast path auto ID
entry or selected accessory selection.  The second screen (...