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Selectable Menu Navigation Emulation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103565D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Daley, M: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

In the folder application facility (FAF) 2.1, for example, when the user is indexing documents which are being scanned in, the user makes a keyboard entry to choose a first menu at the workstation. The workstation operating under 3270 protocol sends the keyboard string up to the host. The host then sends down a second menu and the operator must enter a second keystroke and perhaps enter several text strings in different fields on the menu. Upon hitting the enter key, the strings are then sent back up to the host. In another ImagePlus* application, such as IOIA, the user will have a different sequence of keystrokes and menus to interact in the 3270 format with the host, for example, choosing a screen via a number and then entering document IDs and receiving a temporary ID from the host.

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Selectable Menu Navigation Emulation

       In the folder application facility (FAF) 2.1, for
example, when the user is indexing documents which are being scanned
in, the user makes a keyboard entry to choose a first menu at the
workstation.  The workstation operating under 3270 protocol sends the
keyboard string up to the host.  The host then sends down a second
menu and the operator must enter a second keystroke and perhaps enter
several text strings in different fields on the menu.  Upon hitting
the enter key, the strings are then sent back up to the host.  In
another ImagePlus* application, such as IOIA, the user will have a
different sequence of keystrokes and menus to interact in the 3270
format with the host, for example, choosing a screen via a number and
then entering document IDs and receiving a temporary ID from the
host.

      When the keyboard entries become repetitive for a sequence of
documents, it is desirable to automate the keyboard entries for the
repetitive portions of the operator's input.  This is accomplished in
the invention by emulating the necessary character strings which
would ordinarily be input on the keyboard and emulating the sequence
of menus which must be used to communicate in the 3270 format with
the host, thereby allowing the operator to minimize the number of
keystrokes to input repetitive information to the host.  The
invention allows for the selection of different emulation schemes for
different sequences of menus in different ImagePlus applications.

      The user will identify on the appropriate host screens the data
that is necessary to complete the particular host transaction.  The
data should be information such as character strings identifying the
fields containing the information to be manipulated and offsets from
those character strings to the beginning of the fields.  Other data
information would be such thing as commands that are recognized by
the host and identifier fields, such as menu title bars and host
status information strings.  Once this data has been acquired, then
the user will input it into a predefined configuration table that
will be read by the workstation application.

      Below is an example of the fields that are need to complete an
index transaction by the workstation application with FAF 1.2 CICS*
on the host.
1 1            /* Host front end application that is being interfaced
to.
                  1 - FAF 1.2 CICS
                  2 - FAF 1.2 IMS
                  3 - FAF 2.1 CICS
                  4 - FAF 2.1 IMS
                  5 - IOIA/2 CICS   */
7 INDX ...