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Moving Dependent Terminal Keys to a Menu Bar Pull Down on an X Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107535D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aaker, KD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

X server terminal emulators allow X server users access to host-based dependent terminal applications. This article describes how an X server terminal emulator can automatically make a menu bar pull down available which contains a list of dependent terminal keys. The X server terminal emulator performs the same function when a user selects a menu bar pull down "key", as if the key were pressed on the keyboard. Individual users can customize the "keys" to be presented.

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Moving Dependent Terminal Keys to a Menu Bar Pull Down on an X Server

       X server terminal emulators allow X server users access
to host-based dependent terminal applications.  This article
describes how an X server terminal emulator can automatically make a
menu bar pull down available which contains a list of dependent
terminal keys.  The X server terminal emulator performs the same
function when a user selects a menu bar pull down "key", as if the
key were pressed on the keyboard.  Individual users can customize the
"keys" to be presented.

      X servers are end user devices capable of running graphical
user interface/pointer driven applications (GUI applications).  X
servers can also run existing host-based dependent terminal
applications via an X server terminal emulator.  The terminal
emulator program can run on a separate computer system.  Most
host-based dependent terminal applications are keyboard driven and
designed to operate on a specific type of dependent terminal,
assuming a set of keys are available on the keyboard.  X servers
probably do not have the same set of keys labeled on the keyboard.  X
server terminal emulators generally support the necessary keys in
some way (for example, defining multiple key sequences).

      A resource file can be included with the X server terminal
emulator which contains a list of keys, including some or all of the
keys unique to the specific dependent terminal.  Some of the keys may
initially be inactive.  Each user can easily modify the resource file
to choose their own active keys and the label text associated with
each key.

      A comment in the resource file can explain that individual keys
can be made active or inactive, and the label...