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Status Indicator for OS/2* Presentation Manager*

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105143D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beck, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The concept of a status indicator which cannot be manipulated by the operator of a windowing operating system is disclosed. A normal icon on a windowing operating system is augmented to prevent manipulation. The icon also displays the status of an application running on the windowing operating system.

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Status Indicator for OS/2* Presentation Manager*

      The concept of a status indicator which cannot be manipulated
by the operator of a windowing operating system is disclosed.  A
normal icon on a windowing operating system is augmented to prevent
manipulation.  The icon also displays the status of an application
running on the windowing operating system.

      Distributed Console Access Facility (DCAF) allows one Personal
Computer (PC) called the controlling PC, to take control of the
keyboard and view the display of another PC, called the target.  The
target has a user interface on which it issues the appropriate
commands to become a target and wait for a controlling PC to start a
DCAF session.  DCAF has two main sessions called active and
monitoring.  Active means the target's keyboard and mouse are locked
and all input is sent to the controlling PC.  Monitoring means the
target has control of its keyboard and mouse.  The output on the
target's screen is displayed on the controlling's screen in both
Active and Monitoring mode.

      When a DCAF is in active state, the target screen will have a
status indicator in the form of an icon, which tells users the
current state of the DCAF session.  This status indicator is created
in OS/2* by the mechanism described below:

1.  Access handle of system menu with WinWindowFromID of frame
    window.

2.  DCAF session established.

3.  Minimize windoe with WinSetWindowPos.

4.  Remove user interface from...