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User Selected Help And Message Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108145D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Graphical user interfaces tend to hide the complexity of command languages for ease of use purposes. Often this is accomplished by using terms and objects which are more familiar to the casual user. However, more experienced users prefer command languages to circumvent the multi-stage approach used in a graphical user interface. This presents a problem for the help and message panels which can be displayed for the product. One user type would expect the helps and messages to be discussed in system terms and the other user type would expect the helps and messages to reflect the terms used in the graphical user interface.

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User Selected Help And Message Text

      Graphical user interfaces tend to hide the complexity of
command languages for ease of use purposes.  Often this is
accomplished by using terms and objects which are more familiar to
the casual user.  However, more experienced users prefer command
languages to circumvent the multi-stage approach used in a graphical
user interface.  This presents a problem for the help and message
panels which can be displayed for the product.  One user type would
expect the helps and messages to be discussed in system terms and the
other user type would expect the helps and messages to reflect the
terms used in the graphical user interface.

      The design must allow the user to select system terminology or
end user terminology for the help and message text.  If the user
selects end user terminology, the helps and messages would display
the end user terminology.  If the user selects system terminology,
the help and message requests would contain the technical terminology
with enhanced technical information.  These user preferences will be
stored in a user profile.  When the user requests help or receives
messages for a particular function, the system will display the help
or message consistent with the preference stored in the profile.
With the helps or messages written using inserts and text strings as
objects, the machine readable information common between the two
types of helps or messages would be significant.

      This method for providing user selectable terminology for helps
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