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Method for Providing National Language Support for Hardware System Consoles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108748D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 99K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beall, S: AUTHOR [+15]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing national language support (NLS) for hardware system consoles.

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Method for Providing National Language Support for Hardware System Consoles

       Disclosed is a method for providing national language
support (NLS) for hardware system consoles.

      This article describes a method for providing national language
support (NLS) for hardware system consoles.  A hardware system
console provides the end-user interface utilized by customer
personnel to perform functions related to operational control of the
processor complex hardware: initialization, configuration,
customization, diagnosis, and recovery.

      The drawing illustrates the design described.

      National language support for hardware system consoles can be
provided by connecting an intelligent workstation (IWS) to one or
more processor controllers or service processors for which national
language support is desired. The IWS provides the display device
which presents the console end-user interface.  The console interface
consists of panels (screens) and messages -- no line commands are
supported.  All panels are designed with translation considerations
in mind (e.g., space on screens to accommodate translation into
languages with different syntax/word length, no use of acronyms or
terms which would be meaningless in other languages/cultures, etc.).

      Key to the provision of national language support is the
separation of the processing of the external interface (the role of
the IWS) from the processing of the requested function (the role of
the processor controller/service processor).  All interaction with
the end-user occurs at the IWS.  Panels and messages comprising the
end-user interface are maintained in separate libraries resident
within the workstation.  These libraries can readily be translated
into any one of the languages to be supported by the product.
Multiple libraries may coexist at the workstation.  The workstation
maintains the knowledge of the current l...