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Office Initialization Ongoing Progress Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120998D
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

Cox, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for OS/2* Office to provide the user with continuous progress information during Office Initialization.

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Office Initialization Ongoing Progress Box

      This article describes a method for OS/2* Office to
provide the user with continuous progress information during Office
Initialization.

      OS/2 Office Initialization is a series of steps run to bring up
and connect to Office subsystems.  If only IBM-supplied applications
were started with Initialization, then the total initialization time
could be estimated and a progress indicator control could be used.
However, OS/2 Office Initialization is also configurable.  Any number
of integrated office applications may be started, and any number of
non-integrated applications may be configured to start via the Office
Initialization process.

      While providing an open platform for non-integrated application
gives a great deal of flexibility, it also presents the following
problems:
-    There is no set amount of time in which initialization will
complete.  Initialization could take a long time.
-    Each task may have its own user interface, or NO user interface.
If there is no user interface, the user will not know if
initialization is still going on.
-    The user will not know when all initialization steps have
completed.

      OS/2 Office Initialization is configured by adding keywords to
a file called the OFFICE.SYS file.  All initialization steps, for
both integrated and non-integrated applications, are provided in this
file.

      In order to provide ongoing progress to the user, OS/2 O...