Generic Commands for Invoking Application Programs
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
A method is described which frees the user from remembering which application works on which kind of data. In a system that has multiple applications and multiple data types and formats, it is difficult for a user to know which applications work on which types of data. For example, if a user wants to edit a document, the user may not know which of several editors will work on his particular document format. The new method provides generic commands (e.g., OPEN (edit), PRINT, COMPILE) which allows the user (or software) to specify a relationship between document types (specified by document name suffixes) and software programs that work with such data (via the FILETYPES command). This allows a specific editor, for example, to be automatically invoked when a document of the proper type is OPENed.