Browse Prior Art Database

Synonym-Aided Customizable Terminology

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104020D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed that would allow users to customize application terminology such as that appearing in pull down and pop-up menus and on pushbuttons by choosing from a list of conveniently available synonyms and having the change automatically reflected in the help information. The proposed terminology customization facility would be available from the contextual help information on the term. Users typically access such help when they have difficulty understanding a term. This would be the most convenient and logical place to allow users to change terms that they don't like or have difficulty understanding. To aid the user in choosing a new term, a list of synonyms for the term is provided.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 92% of the total text.

Synonym-Aided Customizable Terminology

      A technique is disclosed that would allow users to customize
application terminology such as that appearing in pull down and
pop-up menus and on pushbuttons by choosing from a list of
conveniently available synonyms and having the change automatically
reflected in the help information.
     The proposed terminology customization facility would be
available from the contextual help information on the term.  Users
typically access such help when they have difficulty understanding a
term.  This would be the most convenient and logical place to allow
users to change terms that they don't like or have difficulty
understanding.  To aid the user in choosing a new term, a list of
synonyms for the term is provided.  Users often have difficulty
coming up with a new word for a term they don't understand, so a list
of synonyms would assist them in better understanding the difficult
term.  Users could select a new term from the list or type in a new
term of their own.  The original term then becomes part of the
synonym list with an appropriate designation so that users can easily
identify and switch back to the original term.
    In order to ensure that the help information remains useful after
the user changes the terminology, the system would automatically
update the help information with the new terminology.  Application
terminology used in the helps would be associated with a control code
that would allow the system to c...