Wait Screen Display
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
During the processing of functions in a computer which take a relatively long period of time, the user is often unaware that the processing is taking place, except by sounds coming from the disk drive or a flashing light. The method described is a procedure which tells the user that processing is taking place, what function is being processed, and the time, typically the time of day. In creating a program which contains such functions, the programmer calls this procedure at significant intervals during the processing. The procedure displays a "Wait Screen" showing the current time. Each time the procedure is called, the time is updated, and the programmer may cause a message to appear in the area on the screen adjacent the time display. For example, as shown in Fig.