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Ease-Of-Use Feature - HELP Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044399D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
McMahon, RF Read, RF [+details]

Abstract

A "HELP" button is a key added as an ease-of-use feature to a data base terminal for use by the general populace. Because the average user of the terminal would be an individual inexperienced in the use of terminals, ease-of-use features are very important. The "HELP" button causes the display of pages of text containing appropriate instructions in simple language. These pages of text are placed in ROM (read-only memory) at the time of manufacture. These instructions might be as simple as pointing out that the telephone line must be connected. They might, on the other hand, be tailored to allow a new user to perform a complex task like loading an auto-dialer and loading buffers with log-on information. The "HELP" key can be used at any time without disturbing the system connection.