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User Interface for the Presentation of and Interaction with Asynchronous Errors in a Client-Server Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104348D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keane, PJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Assume a client-server calendar application that uses legacy applications like OfficeVision/VM* and OfficeVision/MVS* for its service and that has a graphical front-end running in OS/2* or DOS Windows**.

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User Interface for the Presentation of and Interaction with Asynchronous Errors in a Client-Server Application

      Assume a client-server calendar application that uses legacy
applications like OfficeVision/VM* and OfficeVision/MVS* for its
service and that has a graphical front-end running in OS/2* or DOS
Windows**.

      Some operations initiated by the user can be handled on the
workstation, e.g., print an event, while others require host
interaction.  This interaction can be synchronous, e.g., free-time
search, but for the most part it is asynchronous and can occur at any
time.  In fact, these type of applications usually support
disconnected use where the user re-attaches to the host after some
period of being disconnected yet still doing real work.  All
operations occurring while the user is disconnected are queued as
transactions which are then sent to the host to keep it in sync with
the workstation.

      In this type of environment, how is the user notified of
asynchronous errors and how do they recover from them?

      The user is notified of asynchronous errors through the use of
a special graphic similar to a new mail notification graphic.  The
user chooses Show errors...  to see a list of the asynchronous errors
in a special dialog window called the Error List.

      The Error List dialog shows a read-only list of error
incidents:

     -    a description of the operation that failed and when it
          failed
 ...