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Transferable Change Commands Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111792D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The task of making the same changes in multiple objects is a laborious one, and a method is needed to easily and automatically apply the same changes made to a file in one session to another file in another session, in a graphical desktop environment. Currently such tasks are accomplished with the recall command, or through writing macros for the CHANGE commands, but an easier Graphical User Interface (GUI) is needed.

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Transferable Change Commands Object

      The task of making the same changes in multiple objects is a
laborious one, and a method is needed to easily and automatically
apply the same changes made to a file in one session to another file
in another session, in a graphical desktop environment.  Currently
such tasks are accomplished with the recall command, or through
writing macros for the CHANGE commands, but an easier Graphical User
Interface (GUI) is needed.

      This system provides an icon on the desktop which represents an
object consisting of a list of all the CHANGE commands issued during
a particular edit session.  Icons representing other edit sessions
can then be dragged and dropped onto the CHANGES icon, which causes
all those changes to be applied to the new edit session as well.

      For example, Bob is a publications editor, and 15 of the
documents from his last project need to be modified only slightly for
his new project.  Bob initializes the new CHANGES mode, then opens
Session A, and edits FILE1.  He types in the following command to
change the name of the person responsible for the document wherever
that name appears in the document:

  CHANGE /Bill Jones/Linda Smith/* *

      At this point, the CHANGES program creates a new icon on the
desktop which contains this CHANGE command as its single entry.

      He then types in the next command to change the project name:

CHANGE /VM Office/MVS Office Systems/* *

      Now, the...