WO2009146728A1 - Help system for an application program, application program product and computer installation - Google Patents

Help system for an application program, application program product and computer installation Download PDF

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WO2009146728A1
WO2009146728A1 PCT/EP2008/004673 EP2008004673W WO2009146728A1 WO 2009146728 A1 WO2009146728 A1 WO 2009146728A1 EP 2008004673 W EP2008004673 W EP 2008004673W WO 2009146728 A1 WO2009146728 A1 WO 2009146728A1
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Harald Kapp
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    • G06F9/00Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units
    • G06F9/06Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units using stored programs, i.e. using an internal store of processing equipment to receive or retain programs
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    • G06F9/451Execution arrangements for user interfaces
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Abstract

A help system for an application program for displaying help information on the user interface of a computer user station, in which the positioning of a selection instrument on a non-selectable interaction option is followed by the display of a piece of help information which has at least one piece of context information associated with the interaction option with activation advice for the interaction option and/or advice regarding the reason for the non-selectability of the interaction option, and also an application program and a computer installation are proposed.

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Help system for an application program, the application program product and computer system

The invention relates to a support system for an application program for displaying the auxiliary information in the user surface of a computer user station.

known from the common prior art are computer programs which grout on assistance functions in which a user can get in a help library information dienungsmoglichkeit to this loading operation to a function of the computer program. Also known is a so-called "bubble help" in which, for example, to graphi ¬'s symbols of a computer program in moving a mouse pointer on this graphic symbol automatically a text window describes the function of this graphical symbol by text to the user.

The object of the invention is to provide a support system for an application program for displaying the auxiliary information in the user surface of a computer user station by which a user more information about the computer program obtained.

This object is achieved According to the invention tion by a help system to an application program for displaying the auxiliary information in the user surface of a Computeranwendersta-, wherein after positioning of a selection instrument on a non wahlbaren Interaktionsmoglichkeit an auxiliary information is displayed, the at least one belonging to the Interaktionsmoglichkeit context information with activation notices for Interaktionsmoglichkeit and / or two-way point to the creation of the Nichtwahlbarkeit Interaktionsmoglichkeit has.

A computer user station may for example be a control computer for controlling process expiration of a technical nature which enables via a display or a screen to a user interaction with a running on the computer user station application program, for example, the input or reading of data or information from a Steuerungsgerat which can be operated by means of the computer. The computer user station grouted thereto via a selection instrument, such as a mouse or a keyboard for operation of the application program, may grout the application program via various Interaktionsmoglichkeiten, for example but not exhaustive list is: dialog box with switching surfaces, menus with different auswahlbaren Menuflachen, auswahlbare graphical symbols or a graphic display of a hardware instrument.

The inventive help system based on the fact that already after the sole positioning a selection instrument, such as a mouse pointer or a controllable means of a keyboard display selection instrument on a non wahlbaren Interaktionsmoglichkeit a Hilfsin- appears formation, which in an advantageous manner is not only the importance of Interaktionsmoglichkeit or describes, but the Interaktionsmoglichkeit represents relevant context information in the user surface, such as why a particular state of the system in the Interaktionsmoglichkeit is not usable or wahlbar in the form of instructions in support of the Nichtwahlbarkeit Interaktionsmoglichkeit. Furthermore, it is essential for the inventive help system, additionally or alternatively to specify activation instructions for Interaktionsmog- friendliness to provide a user in a simple manner the important information on the disposal thing to do to a non in such a state Select wahlbare Interaktionsmoglichkeit or press to, ie what steps are experience dictate when a lapse in order to then use that are not currently wahlbare Interaktionsmoglichkeit. Such context-related Hilfsinforma- functions to a Interaktionsmoglichkeit went to have a clearer un- sera understanding of the computer program because not only functions or uses are illustrated or described by Interaktionsmoglichkeiten but also reason for Nichtbenutzungsmoglichkeit a Interaktionsmoglichkeit or to be taken steps or activation clues to use this Interaktionsmoglichkeit.

Showing hints to justify Nichtwahlbar- ness of Interaktionsmoglichkeit provides the user easily information about why a Interaktionsmoglichkeit is not wahlbar, for example, when the Interaktionsmoglichkeit relates to a data analysis but has not yet taken place, a data input. Such context information to Interaktionsmoglichkeiten exist in application programs and may be lop as context information in a simple way a user in the application.

The invention further relates to an application program product with a inventive help system written search as described above.

The invention further relates to a computer system for a check wendungs- or operating system program with a help system according to the invention as described above. The invention will be explained in more detail below on the basis of an exemplary embodiment with reference to the drawing, the single figure shows an example of an inventive Hilfesys- tems.

The figure shows a section of a user surface 1 of an application program for controlling and operating a control APPARATE (not shown figurlich) with various menus 2, switching surfaces 3 and input fields 4. A pointer 5 as a selection tool is used by a user to operate the application program auszufuhren and interactions.

In the exemplary embodiment, the designated 6 Schaltfla- is chenbezeichnung grayed out, so the user is signaled that this switching surface is not at your disposal. Although the user can position the selection tool 5 on the switching surface 6, but he can not get the exports with DIE ser switching area in the application program associated command. but the application program that dispose with appropriate information as to why this switching area can not be operated. This information can be represented as context information of the auxiliary information in the user surface when the select tool is positioned on the circuit surface. For example, the function of the switching surface can be a data evaluation function are with which previously entered processing data, that drove in a period specified by computer program way to a result which result, in turn, leads to an output event of the application program to which should be controlled GERAT. If no data has been entered, the switching surface of the data analysis function is not at your disposal, so it is grayed out. When positioning the selection tool on the button 6, the context information instead appears in this case in the exemplary embodiment in a window 7 "no data input" so that the user learns that he has to enter the data first to user- this button to zen. the window 7 can also use other reference shapes, such as a status line of the application program may be provided to display the context information. such a context information for Hilfsinfor- mation is provided for each of the interaction possibilities 2, 3 and 4, so that a user in selecting one of these interaction the context information to justify ineligibility or about which steps to take in order to select the appropriate interaction possibility, or in other words activation approximately instructions, receives.

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1. help system for an application program for displaying auxiliary information (7) on the user interface (1) of a computer user station, in which, after positioning of a selection instrument (5) on a non-selectable possibility of interaction auxiliary information (7) is displayed, the at least one belonging to the possibility of interaction context information with activation instructions for the possibility of interaction and / or instructions to the creation of non-selectability of the possibility of interaction has.
2. Computer program product having a help system according to claim. 1
3. Computer system for an application program with a help system according to claim. 1
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