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System Status Indication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103131D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Crabtree, RP: AUTHOR

Abstract

When using an interactive development environment, it is often difficult to determine the exact status of the environment; e.g., is the environment waiting for the user or is the user waiting for the environment? Therefore, it is desirable for the interactive environment to keep the user aware of its status at all times.

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System Status Indication

      When using an interactive development environment, it is often
difficult to determine the exact status of the environment; e.g., is
the environment waiting for the user or is the user waiting for the
environment?  Therefore, it is desirable for the interactive
environment to keep the user aware of its status at all times.

      This is accomplished by indicating the environment's status in
a reserved portion of the display screen.  The status could include
but should be limited to the following:

      WAITING - The environment has executed all previously entered
commands and is waiting for another command to be entered.

      RUNNING - The environment is executing a previously entered
command.  If the environment supports command stacking, then another
command can be entered, but its execution will not begin until all
previously entered commands have completed.

      ENTER - The environment or an application running in the
environment is waiting for data (as opposed to a command) to be
entered.

      XXX FOR MORE - The environment has data which cannot be
displayed on the terminal because the screen is full of previously
displayed data.  Pressing the key identified by "XXX" will clear the
screen and allow more data to be displayed.

      XXX TO RETURN - The environment has interrupted a display
screen so that the data currently being displayed can be seen.
Pressing the "XXX" key will allow the previous scr...