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Application-Defined Control Key List for Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039746D
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 Copenhaver, MA Peebles, TF [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which allows applications to specify the exact controls which are allowed in each parametric menu option. A software module called the Prompt Manager is responsible in some word processing programs for data prompts and their operator interaction. The Prompt Manager has a table of control characters, each of which can be typed in any data prompt. There are three disadvantages to that arrangement: 1. It is obvious that control characters are not appropriate in document name prompts and numeric options, while some or all controls are appropriate in other data prompts. During a data prompt in which some controls are inappropriate, the user can key in any control characters.