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OS/2 Office Registration of DOS Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121970D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bell, LK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for OS/2* Office to provide a convenient way for the user to use OS/2 Office 1.2's multitasking capability and still be able to run their DOS applications in the OS/2 DOS box. OS/2 Office 1.2 will provide users with a simple way to dynamically register and run DOS-based applications from OS/2 Office 1.2.

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OS/2 Office Registration of DOS Applications

      This article describes a method for OS/2* Office to
provide a convenient way for the user to use OS/2 Office 1.2's
multitasking capability and still be able to run their DOS
applications in the OS/2 DOS box. OS/2 Office 1.2 will provide users
with a simple way to dynamically register and run DOS-based
applications from OS/2 Office 1.2.

      In today's marketplace, more DOS-based business applications
exist than OS/2 applications.  Because businesses have already
invested heavily in DOS software and in training personnel to use
existing DOS software, they want to be able to continue to use these
applications to utilize their investments.  In addition, it will take
a certain amount of time before most applications have
dual-DOS/OS/2-mode availability.

      OS/2 Office will add a DOS radio button in the New Icons Icons
Folder HowToRunProgram dialog box.  This will allow users to register
DOS applications through the New Icons Folder.  To do this, the user
fills in the normal information in the New Icons Folder ADD dialog
box, including the class name, template name, application path,
working directory and application parameters (which can use dynamic
substitution variables that are an inherited OS/2 Office 1.2
characteristic, a feature not currently available to non-OS/2
Office-registered DOS applications).  In addition, the user selects
the Non-PM Program radio button in the ADD dialog box Application
type group box, which brings up the HowToRunProgram dialog box.  The
user selects the new DOS check button when they register a DOS
application.  All other registration procedures remain the same for
the end user.

      OS/2 Office will also add a DOS flag that will be accepted and
handled in the HOWTORUNPROGRAM keyword processing in ORS.EXE. This
will allow users to register DOS applications through the OS/2 Office
Batch Registration utility, ORS.EXE.  To do this, the user fills in
the normal information in the batch regis...