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Window Accelerator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117895D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rudd, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

In interactive systems using windows such as IBM* OS/2* or Microsoft Windows**, the operating system maintains a list of active windows. The name of each window was coined by the programmer who wrote the program for that window. Therefore, with the exception of those resources listed on a top window in focus, a user must memorize or have a handwritten list in order to be able to access window resources. Further information on the allocation and access of resources in window systems can be found in "Programming the OS/2 Presentation Manager" by Charles Petzold, published by Microsoft Press, Redmond, Washington.

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Window Accelerator

      In interactive systems using windows such as IBM* OS/2* or
Microsoft Windows**, the operating system maintains a list of active
windows.  The name of each window was coined by the programmer who
wrote the program for that window.  Therefore, with the exception of
those resources listed on a top window in focus, a user must memorize
or have a handwritten list in order to be able to access window
resources.  Further information on the allocation and access of
resources in window systems can be found in "Programming the OS/2
Presentation Manager" by Charles Petzold, published by Microsoft
Press, Redmond, Washington.

      A unique feature of this disclosure is to speed up access to
resources in such a window system by the creation in the computer of
a window accelerator list.  Each item in the window accelerator list
includes a name chosen by the operator during execution and therefore
the operator is not required to memorize lists of quaint names
previously coined by programmers who created each of the resources.
In order to create the window accelerator list, a window accelerator
resource program must be written, having a window and a number of
action programs which can be called from that window.  The Figure
shows such a window.

      In the Figure, the user adds items to the window accelerator
list by selecting the "Add" pushbutton 20 from the window 10 entitled
"Window Accelerator".  The user is then presented with the "Add Ite...