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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038915D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

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IBM

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Authors:
Hearin, KK James, WS [+details]

Abstract

Messages that are presented to the user, whether in the form of completion messages, warning messages, or error messages, are important for the successful completion of a task. Typically, messages are provided in one line at a fixed location on the screen and are generic in nature. In a software product that provides a prompted interface, leading the user through the steps it takes to perform a task, the messages that are provided to a user must be explanatory in content so that the interface is complete in its prompting. One-line messages that are generic in content are not sufficient to meet the needs of the user. However, in expanding the size of the messages, support for language translation also has to be considered so that the interface meets all requirements of the translation.