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Entry Field Color Identification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117614D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sowa, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer program that will convert computer screen entry fields from a character-based display format to a Graphical User Interface (GUI) display format. The GUI entry field parts will be color coded for easier attribute identification. Each color code represents a different attribute setting for a GUI entry field part. By visually inspecting and noting the color of the entry field part, the various attributes of the field can be determined. This eliminates the task of opening a settings notebook and searching various notebook pages for the field attributes. The program will be referred to as the import function.

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Entry Field Color Identification

      Disclosed is a computer program that will convert computer
screen entry fields from a character-based display format to a
Graphical User Interface (GUI) display format.  The GUI entry field
parts will be color coded for easier attribute identification.  Each
color code represents a different attribute setting for a GUI entry
field part.  By visually inspecting and noting the color of the entry
field part, the various attributes of the field can be determined.
This eliminates the task of opening a settings notebook and searching
various notebook pages for the field attributes.  The program will be
referred to as the import function.

      Character-based application display screen specifications are
taken as input by the import function.  Using the information about
the screen and the fields it contains, the import function generates
GUI specifications to be used for a new application.  The original
entry fields from the character-based screen become GUI entry field
parts with a specific color.  The color of the GUI entry field part
can be one of the colors in Table 1.

      The attributes of the original entry field are not visible on
the display, but are available to the application.  The color chosen
for the GUI entry field part depends upon these attributes.

      The import function begins by reading in an entire display
screen object and scanning for certain types of fields.  When an
entry field is encountered, the attributes for the entry field are
analyzed to determine the specific function of the entry field.  At
this stage, the functions are mapped to a specific color.  The
selected color is then set as the GUI entry field's background color
setting.

      The first attribute considered is the one which determines
whether the field is an input field, an output field or both an input
and an output field.

      The most common color used for most types of entry field parts
is light yellow.  If the original field is both an input and an
output field then the GUI entry field is created with the color set
to light yellow.  If the original field is an output only field, the
GUI entry field will have the "read only" attribute set...