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Information Line Support for Notebook Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114733D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Morgan, SA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An information line is often part of a window when it is useful to the user to have a line of help about what field the cursor is on. This is an automatic feedback mechanism that requires the user to only move the cursor to a particular field. The information line is typically presented at the bottom of the window outside of the scrollable client area.

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Information Line Support for Notebook Controls

      An information line is often part of a window when it is useful
to the user to have a line of help about what field the cursor is on.
This is an automatic feedback mechanism that requires the user to
only move the cursor to a particular field.  The information line is
typically presented at the bottom of the window outside of the
scrollable client area.

      An architecture can be easily established in OS/2* Presentation
Manager* (PM) whereby any time a control gets the focus it sends its
information line text to the information line control.  This
capability
doesn't automatically exist in PM but through subclassing can be
easily
added for all controls.

      All controls except the PM Notebook control provide a mechanism
to inform the programmer that the cursor has changed positions,
either within the control or to another control on the window.  The
Notebook control does not inform the application that the user moved
the cursor from one tab to another on the notebook.  Therefore,
either the information line text must be the same for all notebook
pages or the information line architecture must be changed.

      Because it would be valuable to provide information line text
for a given page, the information line architecture can be extended.
This extension can be accommodated by adjusting when the information
line text is updated.

      The current architecture updates the information line when...