Method for Providing Message Help in a Personal Computer Windowing System
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A method is described in which a user may access the Help information in an easier manner while maintaining the context in which the message was issued. Current systems typically implement various forms of help for messages. In non-windowing systems the Help text typically replaces the current display, overlaying the message and any information contributing to the context in which the message was issued. In windowing systems the message typically appears in an existing window or in a pop-up window and the Help text usually appears in a separate window potentially overlaying some portion of the message itself. In either case the user must consciously think of requesting Help and go through the steps to invoke Help and to terminate it.