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Association of Multiple Substitutional Variables With Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119923D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bell, LK: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) to provide multiple numbers of substitutional variables to applications. These substitutional variables will be associated with an application and dynamically substituted at invocation time.

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Association of Multiple Substitutional Variables With Application

      This article describes a method for OfficeVision*/2
(OV/2) to provide multiple numbers of substitutional variables to
applications. These substitutional variables will be associated with
an application and dynamically substituted at invocation time.

      Currently, OS/2* allows only one type of variable (file names)
to be specified, dynamically substituted and passed to an application
without prompting the user for additional input.

      OV/2 provides the capability to use a multiple number of
dynamically substituted variable types by defining a list of
mnemonics to denote substitutional variables.  The user can then
associate one or more substitutional variables with an application.
When the application is invoked, these variables are dynamically
substituted with the information appropriate for that invocation and
passed to the application.  For example, if an application is
associated with substitutional variables for class, data file, object
command and parent session information, this information is obtained
by the object routing services and passed to the application when it
is invoked.

      Use of substitutional variables means that applications no
longer have to associate unchangeable parameters with themselves.
They can now act differently based on the dynamic state of the
substituted variables which are passed on to them.  In addition, more
variables can be supplied to...