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Design for Including a Partial Definition Entry in a List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103609D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Li, ST: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for including partial entries into a listbox. Listbox entries are usually not static. Their contents may vary over time, yet each entry is a complete selection to the user. There is no formal method for including partial, thus temporal, entries in the list. This article presents a method for including such entries.

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Design for Including a Partial Definition Entry in a List

       Disclosed is a method for including partial entries into
a listbox.  Listbox entries are usually not static.  Their contents
may vary over time, yet each entry is a complete selection to the
user.  There is no formal method for including partial, thus
temporal, entries in the list.  This article presents a method for
including such entries.

      Listboxes can contain any number and types of entries.  They
can list all the column names for a table or all the database names
that the user can access.  Query Manager uses a type of listbox to
show the user a list of database names.  A -New- entry always rests
at the top of the list to allow the user to create new databases.  If
the user selects an existing database, the program connects the user
to that database.  If the user selects -New-, the program prompts the
user for the new database name and comment before creating the
database.

      A user interface to define database views would also make
extensive use of listboxes to present information to the user.  One
such listbox would be a list of the subselect statements that the
user could choose from to help define the view.  This list would
reside on the Fullselect panel, while other lists with table and
column names would reside on a separate Subselect panel.  The user
can create or modify existing subselect statements in the subselect
panel using the table and column lists and save them.  The saved
subselect statements would appear in the listbox on the Fullselect
panel when the user entered this panel.

      This scheme works well for new and existing subselect
statements.  (Users can create a...