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Static Frame Descriptors Stored With Menu Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039738D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bullock, GR Buquoi, GH Suenram, ME [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which shields application code from changes in user interface design. Static Frame Descriptors (SFDs) are data structures that provide information about a particular menu to the Menu Manager. This information includes things such as locations and lengths of fields in the menu, field types, valid input data, where video reversing should occur, Help Panel ids, etc. The information stored here is 'static' information. It does not change from one iteration of the menu to another. In some application programs the SFDs are part of the application's code. This means that any time a field is moved, added, or deleted from a menu, the application's code must be changed. If the user interface guidelines change, then the application's code was affected.