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Method for Selecting Contextual Help With Cursor Movement Keys

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000063555D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Johnson, SE Karat, JT Ruiz, TM [+details]

Abstract

A method is described in the following article which provides contextual help for the operator based on the location of the cursor or an equivalent device being used in the system. The operator is not required to select from a menu of Help topics. In many intelligent workstations the cursor is locked to a particular window area within an interactive screen. Items, such as the message area, workstation status area and task status areas, etc., are not accessible to the cursor. Locking a cursor within a window area is done so that tasks, such as coordinated scrolling, can be accomplished as the cursor encounters the boundaries of the window area. When the referenced facility is used on workstations that do not support a locator device,the cursor must be used as the means for selecting objects and actions for Contextual Help.