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Graphical User Interface for Distributed Time Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107320D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

To provide a graphical user interface for a distributed time service, one must clearly define all of the objects that exist in a distributed system that are involved in the time service, and define them such that they can be displayed on the screen as visual objects that can be manipulated. Prior art only allowed manipulation from a command line interface, which required the user to remember names of objects, commands and syntaxes for each command. A graphical user interface makes all objects and actions available to the user from the screen and no commands need be known, as they are all handled by the underlying user interface code. This allows the user to focus on the task of time service administration.

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Graphical User Interface for Distributed Time Service

       To provide a graphical user interface for a distributed
time service, one must clearly define all of the objects that exist
in a distributed system that are involved in the time service, and
define them such that they can be displayed on the screen as visual
objects that can be manipulated.  Prior art only allowed manipulation
from a command line interface, which required the user to remember
names of objects, commands and syntaxes for each command.  A
graphical user interface makes all objects and actions available to
the user from the screen and no commands need be known, as they are
all handled by the underlying user interface code.  This allows the
user to focus on the task of time service administration.

      The objects that are involved in the administration of the Open
Software Foundation/Distributed Computing Environment implementation
of a distributed time service are Clerks and Servers.  Each of these
has many attributes associated with it.  A server, in particular, can
be configured to be one or more of several types of servers, each
providing a different service in the network.  Keeping track of all
of these parameters and possibilities when using a command line can
be quite a chore.  A graphical user interface eliminates the need for
paper altogether.  By depicting each server or clerk on the screen
graphically, each can be opened, and all of the parameters and
settings possible can be fashi...