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User-Defined Screens, Menus And Function Keys for a Support Processor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120672D
Original Publication Date: 1991-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bordovsky, JS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for creating screens, menus and function key definitions for a support processor that can be defined by the user.

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User-Defined Screens, Menus And Function Keys for a Support Processor

      Disclosed is a method for creating screens, menus and function
key definitions for a support processor that can be defined by the
user.

      There are certain elements of a support processor that will
change as the support processor is adapted to other hardware
implementations.  Each new implementation of hardware will require
changes to the screens that are used to display the state of the
hardware.

      The addition of new screens could also require changes in the
"pop up menus" as well as the definitions of function keys.  In
addition to calling new screens, these can be programmed to call chip
or system routines (por, run, stop, etc.).  The screens, menus and
function keys could also require changes during the normal hardware
debug process.

      A support processor needs a way to define screens, menus and
function keys so that a user can change and modify screens quickly.
This means that screens could not be compiled with the source code.
It would take too long, and would require the support processor
programmer to do most of the work.  In addition, screen, menu and
function key programming should be simple enough for the user to
understand.

      A set of commands were defined that could be used to make
screens, menus or function key definitions.  These commands are
entered by the user as separate files from the support processor
source code.  Next, an interpret...