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Select Parameter From List for Input Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119685D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Botterill, JH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A user interface method is provided to allow mouse-driven selection of a prompted list item that is displayed as part of a host-based application or operating system. This application or operating system is not aware of any workstation-based selection device and is conventionally programmed for keyboard input of parameter data. The workstation is suitably programmed for selection device support, can determine the location of host application input-capable fields, and can access host driven screen data buffers.

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Select Parameter From List for Input Field

      A user interface method is provided to allow mouse-driven
selection of a prompted list item that is displayed as part of a
host-based application or operating system.  This application or
operating system is not aware of any workstation-based selection
device and is conventionally programmed for keyboard input of
parameter data.  The workstation is suitably programmed for selection
device support, can determine the location of host application
input-capable fields, and can access host driven screen data buffers.

      Refer to Figs. 1 and 2.  Any keyboard input-capable field is
designated in the referenced figures as containing the "_" character
used to delineate field length.  For example, using Fig. 1, moving
the selection device pointer to cover any of the characters in the
string "*LIBL,", and pressing the device's selection button, would
cause the data input cursor to be moved to the corresponding input
field just to the left of the prompted parameter string, and cause
the characters "*LIBL" to be entered into that input field.  Note
that the comma character following the last "L" in "*LIBL," would be
removed, as it was known to be a parameter separation character in
this context.  In a similar fashion, selecting the parameter value
"*SYSOPR..."  would cause the string "*SYSOPR" to be placed in the
corresponding input field.  The process that governs the disclosed
method is aware of the context and remov...