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Using Non-Fixed Field to Store Options

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111690D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coyne, TW: AUTHOR

Abstract

With the ever increasing use of LAN-based applications, users are realizing that they can be on any workstation and run an application. The problem arises when options the user has set up on his own workstation do not follow him to another workstation. The invention avoids this problem by placing the options needed for each user in a data base that is accessed by the LAN. A table of the data base is the repository for this data.

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Using Non-Fixed Field to Store Options

      With the ever increasing use of LAN-based applications, users
are realizing that they can be on any workstation and run an
application.  The problem arises when options the user has set up on
his own workstation do not follow him to another workstation.  The
invention avoids this problem by placing the options needed for each
user in a data base that is accessed by the LAN.  A table of the data
base is the repository for this data.

      The table is made up of three fixed fields (application code
ID, target function code, and user ID), 25 one-character byte fields
to be determined by the application using this table, eight fields to
sort integer data which is determined by the application using this
table, and one 40-byte character field which is determined by the
application using this table.

      The invention uses these "non-fixed" field to store the
options.  Some of the interesting options are (names in bracket are
field names):

     o    Error Correction Window Placement (ERRCWDSET

                                             XAXISLOW

                                             YAXISLOW)

These three fields determine:

    a.  Use of a default error correction window or an error
        correction window sized by the use

    b.  Place of the error correction window

        o   Queue Selection (QUEUESEL)

        o   Batch Selection (BATCHSEL)

        o   Document Selection (DOCUMSEL)

      These options determine if the selection of the queue, batch
and document is automatic or manual.

o   Document Confirmation (DOCUMCNF)

o   Batch Confirmation (BATCHCNF)

      These options determine if the user will receive a message to
request changing the status of the document or batch.  If turned off,
the status is automatically changed.

      Listed below are a list of some options that are stored in the
data base.  The field name is...