METHOD AND APPARATUS OF INDICATING ACCESS OF WINDOWS OF A TASK GUIDE
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Method and apparatus for generating a default list A complex software product may require specification of hundreds of parameters when first installed. Many of these parameters will be specified to match the target system’s unique environment. Many others will be left at the supplied default values. When the administrator of this product migrates from one release or version to another, most of those parameters will remain the same and do not need to be shown again. Obviously, new parameters will need to be shown to the administrator, just as all parameters were shown when the product was first installed. However, there is a third category of parameters for which the show or don’t show decision is not as clear. These are the parameters for which the default has changed from version to version or release to release. The default may have been chosen because the administrator determined that it was the best value for the environment. The default may also have been chosen only because it was the default. For those parameters with changed defaults, it seems clear that the administrator should reverify the values if the default was selected initially. This disclosure describes a mechanism for doing so that makes it clear to the administrator why these “old” parameters are being shown again even though other “old” parameters are not. Figure 1 shows an example of a window with a list of the parameters that have changed defaults for which the administrator had previously chosen the default. They are shown along with the old default, the new default, and the old actual value. The administrator can then quickly determine if the old value is still appropriate or if the new default should be selected, or some other value specified..