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Interactive HELP Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000058290D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Kluck, GB Reynolds, DC Wong, M [+details]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of providing interactive on-line HELP for any application. The method provides an automatic glossary for any technical terms encountered within the to be described HELP text. It "remembers" which HELP screen the user was at before requesting additional help for the terms so that the user can get a more detailed explanation of the term and then return to precisely where he was before the request. A user may request HELP for an option in progress as well as browse (forward and backward) through any options and technical terms in the application. This facility has unlimited depth. On a graphics display terminal, the user may view HELP screens with combined text and graphics. Many CAD (Computer-Aided Design) systems have HELP facilities.