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Method for Performing Commands by Concatenating Arbitrary Data Streams

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106366D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Provided is a method for a user to build a command line by concatenating together data streams from arbitrary sources in the computer interface.

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Method for Performing Commands by Concatenating Arbitrary Data Streams

      Provided is a method for a user to build a command line by
concatenating together data streams from arbitrary sources in the
computer interface.

      Sometimes, commands which are manually entered on a command
line are placed in directions of mail notes or documentation.  A user
often has to reproduce the directions in order to perform the command
or commands which are described within said notes or documentation.
The user may peruse documentation in order to subsequently enter
commands according to the documentation.  A method is needed for
minimizing user interaction by preventing unnecessary keyboard entry
and reproduction of criteria which already exists in one or more
other places.

      This invention allows a user to build a command line by
concatenating together data streams from arbitrary sources in the
computer interface.  For example, a user may have several active
applications such as an editor, a mail application, a file manager,
etc.  This method allows a user to enter a command line build mode
with a voice command, function activation keystroke(s), or the like.
Upon entry to the mode, the user is able to concatenate a string made
from arbitrary sources.  For example, the user may stripe the string
"NET USE " from within the currently edited file in the active editor
application and select a concatenate function similarly selected as
the command line build mode.  The user may then stripe the string
"J:" from the file manager menu item list and follow it by the
concatenate function.  Finally, the user may stripe the string
"\\LA...