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Intelligent Workstation Interface to Host Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103234D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chapman, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a process that provides a user friendly, workstation oriented interface to access host applications from an intelligent workstation environment. As experienced host users begin the transition to an intelligent workstation environment, the need for their host applications still remains.

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Intelligent Workstation Interface to Host Applications

      Disclosed is a process that provides a user friendly,
workstation oriented interface to access host applications from an
intelligent workstation environment.  As experienced host users begin
the transition to an intelligent workstation environment, the need
for their host applications still remains.

      Current Environment/Problem: As users begin the transition to a
workstation environment, the interface to the host applications is
cumbersome.  Users must perform two functions in order to access host
applications:  first, switch from the workstation to a host
environment; second, invoke the host application.  This is not
consistent with some workstation environments where the user performs
one function, selecting an icon, to invoke the workstation-based
application.  It should not be necessary for the user to
differentiate between workstation and host-based application
invocation. Proposed Solution:

      The user on the workstation selects an object, an icon, for
example, which, in turn, invokes an application.  This could be
either a workstation or host-based application. The application
environment is transparent.  Access to host applications will be
performed in the same manner as workstation applications.  When
accessing a host-based application, the application is invoked on the
host and then the user is presented with application's screens.  When
the application is terminated, the h...