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Graphical User Interface Design of the Cause-Action Panel in LAN Server Specialist

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115122D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Huang, G: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This disclosure addresses the Graphical User Interface (GUI) design of the cause-action relationship panel of the Knowledge Base Editor for the Local Area Network (LAN) Server Specialist (LSS) system. The LAN Server Specialist system is a problem determination tool for IBM LAN Server 3.0 and 4.0*. It analyzes and correlates the error messages issued by LAN Servers and LAN Requesters in real-time, and reports possible causes and recommended actions.

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Graphical User Interface Design of the Cause-Action Panel in LAN
Server Specialist

      This disclosure addresses the Graphical User Interface (GUI)
design of the cause-action relationship panel of the Knowledge Base
Editor for the Local Area Network (LAN) Server Specialist (LSS)
system.  The LAN Server Specialist system is a problem determination
tool for IBM LAN Server 3.0 and 4.0*.  It analyzes and correlates the
error messages issued by LAN Servers and LAN Requesters in real-time,
and reports possible causes and recommended actions.

      The Knowledge Base Editor is a part of LSS, which provides a
way for users to edit messages, causes, actions and the relationship
between them.  The knowledge entered by the users is used by the
inference engine for the real-time problem determination.

      One panel is needed to edit the cause-action relationship.  A
cause describes a hardware, software or configuration problem
associated with a machine, a recommended action describes how to fix
a specific problem.  What needs to be considered in the cause-action
relationship includes:
  1.  There can be more than one actions associated with a cause;
  2.  The relationship of variables between the cause and the action
       needs to be specified.

The panel layout for the cause-action relationship editing is shown
in the Figure.
                    CAUSE-ACTION RELATIONSHIP
  Cause                           ...