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Hierarchical HELP

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062322D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Banning, KR Giesecke, WB Greene, CS Herder, RE James, WS [+details]

Abstract

A method is described in which the HELP facility of an interactive data processing system is arranged to provide the operator with different amounts of help information, depending at what level of the task has been reached at the time help is requested. As an operator works through a task, different help information is needed at different points in that task. Help information that provides all the details at once requires pages of help text. On the other hand, help information that provides only general information does not give the operator the information that is needed to complete that task. In accordance with the new method, the helps are written such that more detailed information is available for the "smaller" objects in the system.