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Method for Browsing Aliases and Network Names

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115872D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Spelce, DC: AUTHOR

Abstract

User interface functions for browsing network resources typically display either aliases or network names (netnames), but not both, placing limits on what network resources are available to the user. Most users want browsing functions to show all the network resources on a domain, regardless of resource type.

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Method for Browsing Aliases and Network Names

      User interface functions for browsing network resources
typically display either aliases or network names (netnames), but not
both, placing limits on what network resources are available to the
user.  Most users want browsing functions to show all the network
resources on a domain, regardless of resource type.

      The invention resolves the limitations of typical user
interfaces designed to browse network resources exclusively by alias
or by netname by removing the mutual exclusion dependency.  This is
of particular importance in a heterogeneous network, which may have
many network servers, some of which support aliases (such as OS/2*
LAN Server) and some of which do not (such as Windows NT Advanced
Server** and Windows for Workgroups**).  This method for browsing
enables a LAN client to browse all network resources defined as
either aliases or netnames.

      For the most part, the browsing functions in the LAN client
software of IBM*, such as DOS LAN Services, are designed around the
concept of aliases, limiting the use of these functions when
communicating with network servers which do not support aliases.

      To resolve this problem, the browse function is redesigned to
display aliases and netnames on the same panel.  Aliases on the logon
domain are displayed, followed by list boxes showing servers on the
logon domain and the netnames shared by the currently selected
server.

      The ex...