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Identify Active Session Via Color Background on Non-Programmable Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106412D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Amell, SJ: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for indicating which display session is active/inactive by using color background in split screen mode of a multi-session Non-Programmable Terminal (NPT).

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Identify Active Session Via Color Background on Non-Programmable Terminal

      Disclosed is a method for indicating which display session is
active/inactive by using color background in split screen mode of a
multi-session Non-Programmable Terminal (NPT).

      Each display session on the NPT is provided with the capability
to designate an active background color that is unique to that
particular session.  In addition, another option designates the color
to use for background color on any inactive session while in split
screen mode.

For example, the user can designate the following in SETUP mode:

o   Session #1 = Tan background

o   Session #2 = Light Blue background

o   Session #3 = Grey background

o   Inactive Session(s) = Dark Blue background

      In split-screen mode with 3 sessions shown, two of the sessions
are displayed in a dark blue background.  The active session is
displayed in its designated background color.  If another session is
made active, the new session that is activated will change its
background from dark blue to the user specified color.  The newly
inactive session will switch to a dark blue background.

      In addition to background color for the sessions, the new NPT
also provides support for character-based pushbuttons.  The user can
also specify the pushbutton background color.