Automatic GUI Adaptive System for Self-Describing Device Configuration
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-25
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Up to now, each time new devices (e.g. cards) or features have to be integrated into a given network element (NE), new versions of the network management system with new applications or components have to be produced and released. A special code has to be implemented in order to explicitly support the new devices and/or features. The approaches that have been proposed to address this problem are tailored to other application domains (e.g. front end applications for databases) and not to network element configuration. They present GUI (Graphical User Interface) generation based on parsing XML (eXtensible Markup Language) interface specification files and automatically build GUI components, but only at compile time. By adapting and generating GUIs for network element configuration tools at run time, new devices and/or features that were not previously supported by the application at compile time can automatically be supported. The here proposed solution applies to a wide range of network elements from different equipment families (e.g. Synchronous Digital Hierarchy, Wavelength Division Multiplexing, access networks, etc.) that support self-describing features, e.g. via XML descriptions of configuration parameters.