Multiple-Window Dynamic Instruction Line
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a method for providing a single Dynamic Instruction Line servicing multiple applications and nested windows within those applications. The Multiple-Window Dynamic Instruction Line improves the user interface by providing a single focus with a descriptive phrase of the current user activity. A Dynamic Instruction Line is an information line describing the currently selected object or function within an application window. The Dynamic Instruction Line provides instantaneous information to the computer user describing each becursored object as the user guides the cursor among windows on the display. In a multiple-window system such as the IBM OS/2 Presentation Manager, it is possible to have several windows displayed on a computer screen simultaneously, with each window having multiple selectable objects.