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Predefined Dialogs for Rule-Based Processing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104752D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Choy, SH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for dynamically invoking and executing interactively defined dialogs, in either background or interactive form, in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques. Provide access to conventional system dialogs for specification of action parameters and results. The technique is as follows:

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Predefined Dialogs for Rule-Based Processing

      Provided is a technique for dynamically invoking and executing
interactively defined dialogs, in either background or interactive
form, in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques.
Provide access to conventional system dialogs for specification of
action parameters and results.  The technique is as follows:

o   Provide access to system icons that define objects that may
    participate in rule actions.

o   Provide access to system dialogs that interact with these
    objects.

o   During rule definition, provide integrated access to the system
    dialogs via rule object icons.

o   During rule execution, use the parameters from the pre-defined
    dialogs as input to system actions.

o   The inputs are saved as part of the rule definition.  As a
    result, a user does not need to be prompted to perform actions,
    even though the system dialog is used to provide input.

o   Although the rules are defined interactively, the rules can be
    executed in real time or asynchronously.

An end user will experience the following benefits:

o   new functionality,
o   simple action definition and execution,
o   improved usability, and
o   Reduced errors and worksteps.

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