Fast Path for Command Execution in Desktop Systems
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-14
A technique is described whereby a user of a desktop-type system shell program is allowed to gain direct access to a facsimile of a traditional command language processor as if the user was accessing in a native operating environment. A fast path is provided so as to avoid the use of menu perusal and function key pressing to gain access to a command entry area. Operating system shells which provide alternative user interface metaphors exist in the guise of "desktop" systems. One common complaint from expert users is the desire to directly enter an operating system command without interference from the operating system shell program. Often the user must follow a procedure of pressing various function keys and processing several levels of pop-up menus to finally arrive at a native operating system command line.