Data processing system with automated at least partial forms completion

  • US 5,640,577 A
  • Filed: 08/22/1995
  • Issued: 06/17/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A data processing system including a dynamic forms manager and coordinator, comprising:

  • a plurality of host systems, each of said host systems including a plurality of application programs and a plurality of databases, said plurality of databases including client data;

    a plurality of operator terminals, each of said plurality of operator terminals including at least a data terminal display screen and a plurality of programable data processing function selectors, each of said plurality of operator terminals responsive to the selection of at least one of said plurality of programable data processing function selectors, for initiating a plurality of computer application programs to access said plurality of databases containing client data, and for simultaneously displaying on said data terminal display screen a plurality of computer sessions, each display of each of said plurality of computer sessions including the display of a plurality of data fields containing client data from said plurality of databases, said plurality of data fields displayed at a corresponding plurality of predetermined data terminal display screen coordinate positions;

    said data processing system further including a resource server, coupled between said plurality of host systems and said plurality of operator terminals, for controlling communications between each of said plurality of operator terminals and each of said plurality of host systems;

    said resource server further including a plurality of forms to be completed, said plurality of forms to be completed each including a plurality of uncompleted fields;

    said resource server also including a dynamic forms manager and coordinator, responsive to at least a selected first one of said programmable data processing function selectors, for dynamically retrieving at least a first datum contained in at least one data field displayed on said data terminal display screen at a predetermined data terminal screen coordinate position indicated by said selected first one of said programmable data processing function selectors, and for retrieving at least a second datum displayed on said data terminal display screen at a pre-determined data terminal screen coordinate position, said forms manager and coordinator for dynamically inserting said at least first and second retrieved datum into at least a selected first and second of said uncompleted fields of said at least one form indicated by said selected first one of said programmable data processing function selectors, for at least partially completing said at least one form; and

    said forms manager and coordinator responsive to a selected second one of said programmable data processing function selectors of said at least one operator terminal, for storing said at least partially completed form in said resource server for subsequent access by any one of said plurality of operator terminals.

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