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On-Line Help in an Editor As an Additional Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061734D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Borkin, SA Prager, JM [+details]

Abstract

In existing editors that have a help facility, using the facility puts the user in a different state with different commands and different menus from the regular editing mode. This necessitates the user learning new commands, menus, etc. It is also not possible to alternately access the document being edited and the help information in a convenient way. These problems can be solved by the present approach wherein a help file, accessed during an editing session, is treated just like any other document. For editors which can edit multiple documents simultaneously, and which access files of pre-stored text for help information, the present approach is to treat the help files as any other file read into the editor, rather than going into a special, separate, help facility.