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Interactive Display of Commands

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102095D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program function is disclosed that enables a user to see the underlying command as it is being built by the panel interface. By utilizing this function, the user is provided with an interactive learning experience, information about the command syntax, and assurance that the interface is building the command the user expects.

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Interactive Display of Commands

       A program function is disclosed that enables a user to
see the underlying command as it is being built by the panel
interface.  By utilizing this function, the user is provided with an
interactive learning experience, information about the command
syntax, and assurance that the interface is building the command the
user expects.

      In a preferred implementation, when a user selects the function
(Show Command) provided by the System Management Interface Tool, the
underlying command which is under construction is presented to the
user.  In this way, the user can see the command being built at any
and all stages of construction, both before and after execution.  The
syntax of the command, which is very often dissimilar to the panel
interface, would otherwise be invisible to the user. By requiring the
user to explicitly request Show Command, and displaying the command
in a secondary window, primary screen real estate is saved.  This is
especially important on standard 80x24 ASCII displays where there is
not sufficient room to present all information at all times.

      At each stage, as the user fills in the input fields, the
resulting portion of the command can be viewed.  This provides the
user with an explicit association between the interface tool and the
underlying command prior to invocation.  This also provides the new
user with an education tool to assist with initial learning of
commands, or the experienced...