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Help Routine with Example Movable to the Command Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111299D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 152K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Howard, JD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a help routine including an example which may be copied from its location in the help text to an appropriate place for execution on the command line of the program being run. This facility eliminates a need for the user to copy a relevant example he has found in the help facility to the command line for execution.

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Help Routine with Example Movable to the Command Line

      Disclosed is a help routine including an example which may be
copied from its location in the help text to an appropriate place for
execution on the command line of the program being run.  This
facility eliminates a need for the user to copy a relevant example he
has found in the help facility to the command line for execution.

      For example, the SCSI Functional Exerciser is a software tool
designed to test all types of SCSI devices connected to IBM PS/2*
Systems by means of attachments developed by IBM.  This tool provides
approximately 180 different commands which may be applied by the user
to enable and control the testing.  Each command has an associated
help file in the form of a text file including examples showing the
proper usage of the command.  The software provides a command-line
interface similar to the DOS command line.  Fig. 1 is an example,
which fills the display screen, of a command entry panel of this
program.  Commands are entered at the prompt (==>).

      When the help facility is invoked, most of the information of
the command entry screen of Figure 1 is overlaid with text from the
help facility.  However, the command entry area at the bottom of the
command entry panel is not overlaid by help text.  The HELP MAIN
MENU, shown in Fig. 2, provides a list of all the commands.  Within
the action panel provided by the help facility, the symbols
associated with acceptable actions are colored green, while the
symbols associated with inappropriate actions are colored red.  When
the HELP MAIN MENU is presented, the cursor control keys, indicated
by arrows, and the Page Up (PGUP) and Page Down (PGDN) keys are used
to select commands from a list.  Therefore, these symbols associated
with these keys, in the second line from the top of the panel, are
generally green.  However, these symbols are individually turned red
when an edge of the panel is approached, preventing further movement
in the direction selected by the symbol.

      When a command is selected by using the cursor control and Page
Up/Down keys, it is highlighted by a color change, and a brief
descrip...