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Direct Manipulation Control for an AIX System Messages Dialog

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113088D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 414K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation control system for application and AIX* system messages dialogue. This system allows users to see application and operating system messages separately and to obtain the appropriate level of help in resolving the message situation. The text for the two types of messages remains available for translation in their respective catalogs.

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Direct Manipulation Control for an AIX System Messages Dialog

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation control system for
application and AIX* system messages dialogue.  This system allows
users to see application and operating system messages separately and
to obtain the appropriate level of help in resolving the message
situation.  The text for the two types of messages remains available
for translation in their respective catalogs.

      When an application program communicates directly with a
computer operating system, the application must be capable of
displaying its own error and information messages and also display
similar messages from the operating system.  Helps for both types of
messages must be displayed in an orderly, coherent fashion to assist
the user in resolving the error condition.

      The AIX operating system and the applications that run on it,
generally store messages to be displayed in a message catalog file.
The translation of a message catalog file is the equivalent of
translating the AIX operating system, or an application that runs on
AIX.  This architecture was applied to the graphical user interface
provided by Motif, which was used to develop the Visual Systems
Management applications.

      This architecture for the graphic display of application and
operating system messages defines a method for organizing and
controlling the display of messages from two different sources.  When
a message condition occurs, a message indicating the condition is
displayed to the user by the applica...