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Method for Presenting Database Query in List and Item Modes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047128D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Sharman, GCH [+details]

Abstract

In this article a method for presenting the results of a database query interchangeably in either of two generic modes, which are known as "list" mode and single "item" mode, is described. List mode is defined as that class of presentations in which many records of similar format are presented. Item mode is defined as that class of presentations in which a single record is presented. This method allows the end user great flexibility in determining the style of presentation and the flow of terminal dialogue, and significantly contributes to end user productivity. The method may be applied to any database system which is capable of retrieving records and which possesses a data dictionary facility containing a description of each field in those records.