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Display of Related Data in Two Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109016D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 186K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barrett, KM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for showing the relationship between data displayed in two separate windows. The problem was that a single window could not accommodate all the relevant and interrelated data required to configure a particular feature.

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Display of Related Data in Two Windows

       This article describes a method for showing the
relationship between data displayed in two separate windows.  The
problem was that a single window could not accommodate all the
relevant and interrelated data required to configure a particular
feature.

      The goal of this release of Communications Manager was to
improve the usability of the configuration dialog.

      This release of Communications Manager was the first release
that would contain the SNA Distribution System or (SNA/DS) feature.
SNA/DS is a store and forward document (mail) distribution system.
In order to store and forward documents, SNA/DS maintains a directory
and a routing table.  The directory is a list of remote users and
their locations.  The routing table maps mail for a remote location
to the appropriate outgoing queue depending on the priority, security
required, etc., for the mail.

      The data is related in the following way.  The directory looks
something like:
     User Name             Location
     (DGN.DEN)             (RGN.REN)
     account.bob           ausnet.ausvm1
     account.lucy          ausnet.ausvm1

      The routing table contains a list of remote locations and the
outgoing queues that service them.  It looks something like:
     Location         Priority(Etc.)          Queue
     (RGN.REN)
     ausnet.ausvm1    low CentralProcessing
     ausnet.ausvm1    high                    DirectT1

      When SNA/DS receives something to forward, it looks up the
user's name in the directory and finds the user's location.  It then
looks up the location in the routing table and finds the appropriate
queue to put it on based on the priority and other things that
describe the document.

      The SNA/DS routing table is very flexible in that the user can
use wildcards to put mail for several different locations onto one
queue easily.  For example the user can create an entry that will
work for all locations.
     Location         Priority(Etc.)          Queue
     (RGN.REN)
     *.*             low CentralProcessing

      This entry will put mail for any location on the
CentralProcessing queue.  (SNA/DS does a best-match search. It will
put high priority mail on the CentralProcessing queue if that is the
only one available.)

      The wildcarding is more flexible than the above example.  Users
can configure routing entries that look like:
     Location         Priority(Etc.)          Queue
     (RGN.REN)
     ausnet.ausvm1    low,not secure CentralProcessing
     ausnet.aus*      low,secure
     ausnet.*         high,secure

      In this case, a document for account.joe at ausnet.ausvm1 might
be put on any of the above queues, depending on what kind...