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Menu Customizing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120758D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chun, EG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes an invention that allows the user to customize text on menus to describe a specific application.

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Menu Customizing

      This article describes an invention that allows the user
to customize text on menus to describe a specific application.

      The callable interface of DisplayWrite* (DW) allows the caller
to define user exits that can provide the end-user with additional
function.  These exits are available at print, save, get and list
times.  DW will exit to a routine provided by the caller and this
routine can then process the request (i.e., print, save, get, list)
in lieu of DW. Because these exits can be used for many different
applications, the user interface to allow the user to select the exit
cannot be easily generalized.  For example, if the caller provided a
service to print on a host printer, the menu interface to allow the
selection of this function may be "Print on Host Y/N". However, if
another caller used the print exit to provide a service to transform
the document to match a particular format and then print it on a
PC-attached printer, then this function may be called "Print in XYZ
format Y/N".  Because many different applications can be accessed via
these user exits, generalized text such as "Print using something
other than DW" on the menu interface is not usable or desirable to
the end-user.

      DisplayWrite 5/2 (DW5/2) has solved this generalized user
interface problem by allowing the caller through the callable
interface to provide DW with a string of text to be used in the menu
to describe the exit provided.  The caller can...