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Automating the Checking for Large Sized Panels at Panel Design Time

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111103D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Morgan, SA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Programmers writing applications to run on both OS/2* and OS/2-J (Japanese version) often run into a problem of not designing their panels to be sized appropriately when running on OS/2-J 2.0 in VGA mode. In this mode, there are only (320,213) dialog units available to display with which is rather restrictive. Often products won't test on this display until late in the development cycle. Most developers do not develop on this display and so they do not see that the dialogs they have designed are too large to completely fit on this display. To fix this problem late in the development cycle is often very expensive because it requires a redesign of the panel at least for their DBCS version.

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Automating the Checking for Large Sized Panels at Panel Design Time

      Programmers writing applications to run on both OS/2* and
OS/2-J (Japanese version) often run into a problem of not designing
their panels to be sized appropriately when running on OS/2-J 2.0 in
VGA mode.  In this mode, there are only (320,213) dialog units
available to display with which is rather restrictive.  Often
products won't test on this display until late in the development
cycle.  Most developers do not develop on this display and so they do
not see that the dialogs they have designed are too large to
completely fit on this display.  To fix this problem late in the
development cycle is often very expensive because it requires a
redesign of the panel at least for their DBCS version.

      The solution is to automate feedback to the dialog designer
during the time of the design.  A tool such as the Dialog Editor
which is provided by the OS/2 Toolkit* or the Panel Browser which is
provided by the Window Management System tool should be enhanced to
check for a dialog that is designed too large for this display.  The
Window Management System tool's panel browser has a check issued just
before the panel is displayed to compare the dialog units that are
needed to show the panel with those that are available when running
with the OS/2-J VGA mode.  When the panel units are larger a warning
message is displayed to the user.  The message indicates what they
have done and by how much th...