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Method to Provide Interactive Help on a Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038519D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Horn, GR Mikelait, RC Pienta, JR Saliga, SO [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to permit the user to view Help that is specific to the context the program is in, while allowing the user to continue to interact with the current function in the program. Contextual Help provides the user with Help on a specific function based on the current program context as follows: Menu Panel -- Help on the currently highlighted option Parametric Panel -- Help on the currently highlighted field Type/Edit -- Help on the current function/mode The "task area" is defined to be the part of the display that the application uses to interact with the user. A Help Panel is always displayed in either the upper half or lower half of the task area, depending on the current state.