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Session Transposition Management in a Multitasking Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110306D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 156K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described for allowing a user to know what is occurring in every session on a desktop. Indications of session prompt level context are shown, and environment variables for the session can be shown without forcing the user to go to the session and individually type commands. The user can conveniently determine what the fully qualified redirections are for sub-directories not local to the computer. The user can also jump immediately to a session of choice, as determined by displayable characteristics, using only a mouse cursor.

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Session Transposition Management in a Multitasking Environment

       A methodology is described for allowing a user to know
what is occurring in every session on a desktop.  Indications of
session prompt level context are shown, and environment variables for
the session can be shown without forcing the user to go to the
session and individually type commands.  The user can conveniently
determine what the fully qualified redirections are for
sub-directories not local to the computer.  The user can also jump
immediately to a session of choice, as determined by displayable
characteristics, using only a mouse cursor.

      A multitasking environment capable of simultaneously running a
multiplicity of sessions often causes difficulty in knowing which
session to go to.  Currently, system environments such as OS/2*
indicate what program is asynchronously running in a session by
showing the program name under the associated icon.  While this is
helpful to indicate what is running in a session without forcing the
user to go to it, there is no indication of the path for the program.
Therefore, different versions of the same program name (with
different fully qualified paths) appear the same to a user on the
desktop.  Furthermore, sessions with no program active do not
indicate which sub-directory a session prompt level pertains to.  A
method is needed for allowing a user to know exactly what is
occurring in each session on a desktop and provide a means for
navigating to each session based on what is happening there without
forcing the user to go to the session for interrogation.

      Methods for invoking are hot key, voice activation, etc.  The
preferred environment is invoked with a hot key.  Upon invocation, a
window is displayed with session activity.  The prompt level context
for every session is shown, and programs running are indicated as
full qualifications.  The window is presented on the desktop in a
manner optimally positioned with respect to other desktop objects
which are present.  A scro...