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Application Dialog Portability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103128D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nickle, AF: AUTHOR

Abstract

Applications are written in high-level languages to implement portability across various systems. Portability is lost, however, when the dialog management facilities of a different system require re-specification of the application's dialogs. The dialogs (sometimes referred to as screens or menus) have the same display screen image for all applications, but the code for the image may be different for each application.

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Application Dialog Portability

      Applications are written in high-level languages to implement
portability across various systems.  Portability is lost, however,
when the dialog management facilities of a different system require
re-specification of the application's dialogs.  The dialogs
(sometimes referred to as screens or menus) have the same display
screen image for all applications, but the code for the image may be
different for each application.

      The present invention provides the dialog designer with the
option of selecting the target format independent of dialog
definition to provide portability of the application's dialogs.
Collection and retention of dialog definitions is independent of the
language or format specifications of the target dialog presentation
services. Thus, an application can be moved from one environment to
another without the need for redefinition of the related dialogs.

      Disclosed anonymously.