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System for Computer Help Which Tailors Itself to the Individual User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042712D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04

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Cohen, PS Mercer, RL [+details]


On-line computer facilities for "help" on commands give very general information, which is often overly long, complicated, irrelevant, or confusing for particular uses or users. A method is described wherein the system tailors itself to the individual user. Standard computer-command help facilities give help information, sometimes occupying several pages on typewriter terminals or screenfuls on video displays with material that may be irrelevant to a particular user's needs. The proposed system gives concise and relevant user- tailored help, based on previous usage of the command by the user. In detail, the system works as follows. A record of the past several (typically up to 5) invocations by the user of all commands is stored and updated in a file.