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Error Assistance in One-Step Menu-Driven Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039672D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Cabaniss, JM [+details]

Abstract

In menu-driven applications, each menu selection causes either a function to be performed or a new menu to be displayed. System implementations include a one-step process that allows the user to make a number of menu selections at one time in a single input data stream. This article describes a method of error detection and error assistance should an error be encountered using the one-step method. Since each (Image Omitted) menu provides the user with all of the information necessary to make a selection for it, the best way to help the user correct his error would be to present him with the menu for which the item was invalid, along with the appropriate error message. A flow diagram illustrating the sequence of operations is shown in Fig. 1.