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Host Terminal Emulator Group Window in GUI Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104554D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ichinomiya, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a group window implementation for a host terminal emulator in GUI environment. The group window is a concept that a number of host terminal emulator windows are grouped and the grouped windows are operated as a single window. This environment is similar to that having a dedicated multi-LT host terminal in a window session.

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Host Terminal Emulator Group Window in GUI Environment

      This article describes a group window implementation for a host
terminal emulator in GUI environment.  The group window is a concept
that a number of host terminal emulator windows are grouped and the
grouped windows are operated as a single window.  This environment is
similar to that having a dedicated multi-LT host terminal in a window
session.

      Recent 3270 emulators support more than 10 sessions
concurrently.  In a GUI environment, an user needs to do window
operations (such as Move, Size, Maximum, Minimize) for each session.
For example, if the user wants to "move the 3270 session windows to
the top left corner", the user is required to do the same move
operation for each session window, as shown in Fig. 1.

      If the session windows are grouped and can be operated as a
single window (such as a dedicated multi-LT host terminal), the
required operation is simplified and improved, as shown in Fig. 2.

      This concept can be implemented by simply changing the current
design.  However, such changes require enormous development resource
investment which could be too much investment for this level of
usability enhancement.

      The practical (reasonable level of investment) implementation
of this concept on the current design is done by runtime window
characteristics synchronization.  That is, by dynamically updating
the window characteristics (such as window positions) of all...