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Displaying Command Consequences Within Distinct Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120988D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, B: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism and methodology whereby a user can view available commands and/or tags that are represented within an application and present to a user the ramifications of the selection of a particular command and/or tag.

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Displaying Command Consequences Within Distinct Applications

      This article describes a mechanism and methodology
whereby a user can view  available commands and/or tags that are
represented within an application and present to a user the
ramifications of the selection of a particular command and/or tag.

      A user while editing a document or preparing a document for
"scripting" may  want a list of the available commands and the fonts
produced by an application. Furthermore, the user may want to
dynamically see the effects that those commands will have on a
particular document. A mechanism is needed which permits a user to
view available commands within an application and to see how those
commands effect the presentation of a document.

      The creation of an on-line/pop-up window  which permits a user
to select an application  and which then presents to the user the
list of Continued available commands/tags for that application
permits a user to be aware of the commands that the application has
at its disposal.  Furthermore, the creation of a sample window which
displays the effects of a command and/or tag on representative text
permits a user to see the visual consequences of the particular
command and/or tag.

      Currently, similar sample windows exist for merely font and
character representation as in IBM's OS/2* System Editor. This
article describes a novel technique of employing the command/tag of
an application or profile to represent...