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Visual Alarm for Non-Programmable Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112378D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Amell, SJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a visual alarm on a non-programmable terminal by changing the background color of the status line.

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Visual Alarm for Non-Programmable Terminal

      Disclosed is a method for providing a visual alarm on a
non-programmable terminal by changing the background color of the
status line.

      Non-Programmable Terminals (NPT) provide users access to
host-based applications.  Host-based applications can signal that
important information is available by sounding an audible alarm.  The
alarm sounds for a set period of time.  An NPT could be enhanced to
support a visual alarm, with no modification to host-based
applications.

      NPT local setup mode could allow the user to select the alarm
mode as audible, visual, or both.

      The visual alarm could use the status line to visually indicate
when an alarm has been received.  On a color NPT, the status line
background color could change when an alarm has been received.  The
visual alarm background color could be user-defined using setup mode.
On a monochrome NPT, the status line could be changed to reverse
image when an alarm has been received.

      The status line could remain activated for a period of time
(for example, at least one second) to allow the status line change to
be noticed.  The visual alarm could be reset with any key depression
after the one second minimum time period.

      The NPT may support multiple sessions with one status line for
all sessions.  The visual alarm could indicate an alarm for any
session, not just the currently active session.