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Application Setup/Feature Locking Profile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104772D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a situation where multiple users share the same workstation, i.e., secretaries alternating at a reception desk, classroom or shared graphics workstations, it may be preferable for an application to maintain the same setup (i.e. a word processor or an editor). Without this feature each user of the application would have the ability to modify the application setup defaults causing potential confusion and operation difficulties each time different users use it (back and forth).

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Application Setup/Feature Locking Profile

      In a situation where multiple users share the same workstation,
i.e., secretaries alternating at a reception desk, classroom or
shared graphics workstations, it may be preferable for an application
to maintain the same setup (i.e. a word processor or an editor).
Without this feature each user of the application would have the
ability to modify the application setup defaults causing potential
confusion and operation difficulties each time different users use it
(back and forth).

      Create an option that would enable the application owner to
lock the default setup for an application thus insuring consistency
for it's users each and every time it's used.  Any application would
have a new pull down feature that would say "Setup Profiles".  If you
expand this choice, the user would be presented with a list of the
user profiles, for example:

Jim1.SP

Roger.SP

JimRfont.SP

LindaM.SP

Roger2.SP

      After choosing a profile, the user would be asked to enter a
password to unlock and use that setup profile.  An example of what
type of information might be contained in a profile would be:  font
information, screen colors, mouse size and speed, print setup -
landscape or portrait, printer driver.

      Also, this setup locking option could be added to the object
pull-down menu to lock or unlock the default setup criterion for the
application, before it's invoked.

Disclosed Anonymously.