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Extending Portable Operating System Interface (P1387.2/D13) Definitions for Graphical User Interface Enablement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118015D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ibanez, JG: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is outside the POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) scope, and is thus undefined. There is no defined way to control what is selectable through a GUI or even the arrangement of the hierarchy in which the various products could be listed in a tree structure form.

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Extending Portable Operating System Interface (P1387.2/D13) Definitions
for Graphical User Interface Enablement

      The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is outside the
POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) scope, and is thus
undefined.  There is no defined way to control what is selectable
through a GUI or even the arrangement of the hierarchy in which the
various products could be listed in a tree structure form.

      Based on the growing importance of GUI driven Installation
Utilities, it is important to keep the GUI hierarchical
representation available for use by IBM and its partners/competitors.

      This problem is solved by adding two new attributes to the
POSIX components: Bundle,Product, Subproduct and FileSet.  The
attributes are: 'Viewable' and 'TopLevelViewable' which are set
during the Packaging  phase.

      POSIX P1387.2/D13 refers to an on-going standards project that
is currently in a working draft.  Refer to "STANDARDS PROJECT' Draft
Standard for Information Technology - Portable Operating System
Interface (POSIX) System Administration - Part 2: Software
Administration, P1387.2/D13 April 1994.

      The two new extensions are attributes within the following
classes: Bundle, Product, Subproduct and FileSet.
    Viewable       bViewable    - default is TRUE
    If Viewable
      this is viewable and selectable through the GUI;
    Else
      not viewable and not selectable through the GUI;
   ...