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Integrate a Command Prompt Window with a GUI Navigational Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123494D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 92K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gross, L. D.: AUTHOR

Abstract

A 'command prompt' type of window is integrated with a GUI navigational tool. The navigational tool shows the directories in a tree structure on the left, with the contents of the selected directory in a details view on the right. As the user navigates through the directory tree, the 'command prompt' type window will reflect the current path and allow the user to type in commands and see the results without leaving the GUI. This window is customizable. It saves all the resulting information from the commands run and allows the user to scroll back through the information or to save it to a file.

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Integrate a Command Prompt Window with a GUI Navigational Tool

   A 'command prompt' type of window is integrated with a GUI
navigational tool.  The navigational tool shows the directories in a
tree structure on the left, with the contents of the selected
directory in a details view on the right.  As the user navigates
through the directory tree, the 'command prompt' type window will
reflect the current path and allow the user to type in commands and
see the results without leaving the GUI.  This window is
customizable.  It saves all the resulting information from the
commands run and allows the user to scroll back through the
information or to save it to a file.

   Figure 1 illustrates the layout of the GUI navigational
tool integrated with a command prompt type window.  As the user
navigates through the directory tree structure, the command prompt
window reflects the current path and allows the user to type in
commands and see the results without leaving the GUI.  The results
area of the command prompt window keeps all the data and allows the
user to scroll through it.  This area contains an entry field and an
output area which shows the results of the command entered in the
entry field.  The command prompt window is configurable in that the
user can choose to show or hide it, and can set the initial size.  It
can be locked to the navigational tool or unlocked and moved out as a
window on its own.

   The command-line entry field has access to the currently
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