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Technique for Reusing Help Presentations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108409D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brininstool, CD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a technique for reducing the number of help presentations that a developer must write and maintain.

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Technique for Reusing Help Presentations

      This article describes a technique for reducing the number of
help presentations that a developer must write and maintain.

      Current art for displaying user error messages, displays an
error message on the video display and gives the user the option of
seeing a help message about how to correct their error.  This results
in the developer writing and maintaining a help presentation for each
error that the user may possibly make.

      For the following, it is important for the reader to understand
that when error messages are displayed, the user is able to make the
message disappear at a time of their choosing.  To return to where
the error occurred, the user must first make the error message
disappear.

      This article describes a solution in which each part of the
screen that the user can make input to the computer is treated as an
object.  When the user makes a mistake inputting data within one of
these objects, an error message is displayed informing them of this
error.  As part of this solution, the programmer passes the screen
object with the error message to the facility that presents the error
message.  When the user requests help from this message, the message
facility will evoke the help facility to display the help
presentation for the object where the user made their mistake.

      It is important to note that this solution is applicable only
if the standard help mechanisms are enab...