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UIM or User Interface Manager is a language for defining display panels and panel groups.

If you were to look at UIM source code, not knowing anything about it in advance, you would see 95% text, with scattered letters combined with special characters.

It is conceptually similar to the Web Programming language HTML in that there are bodies of plain text surrounded by small amounts of coding inside some odd characters to control how that text is to be displayed, and sometimes it is only on a new line that there is a character or two with a special character to designate something about how to display the text that follows.

Thus it is like DDS and SDA in that it creates an object that is to be used by a HLL, not something that DOES SOMETHING other than link to other objects.

What are Panels?

This is just a name for a particular kind of screen. Examples:

  • help screens
  • informational screens
  • menus
  • data entry screens
  • action lists
  • print

Panel Groups

It is possible to program a cluster or hierarchy of related panels inside an outer shell, in which different kinds of panels are combined within the group.

Panel Tags

Help Panel Tags

An example of a Panel Tag would be a Hypertext link.

Menu Panel Tags

An example of a Tag on a Menu would be in support of a pull down option.

Working Examples

See UIM Examples.

External links

UIM wizard Azubike Oguine’s articles:

Display Access Paths Utility - by Peter Martin http://www.systeminetwork.com/artarchive/20560/index.html

Breathing New Life into DSPLYT - by Peter Martin http://www.systeminetwork.com/artarchive/20308/index.html

APIs at Work — with Jobs - by Carsten Flensburg http://www.systeminetwork.com/artarchive/20661/index.html

Creating a UIM List Application - by Azubike Oguine http://www.systeminetwork.com/artarchive/1732/index.html

UIM List Panels - Robin Klima Jun 25, 2002 http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?50@92.VOj4eT1bIwK.1096790@.214a333d

UIM List Panels - Robin Klima Jul 1, 1994 http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?13@34.5QTDeNPtIMc.0@.6ae349c5

Automate UIM Members with CRTUIMTAG - by Mitchell Sams http://www.systeminetwork.com/artarchive/1238/index.html

Instant Menus! - by Ernie Malaga http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?50@92.VOj4eT1bIwK.1096790@.214a2ea1

Create IBM-Style Rolling Menus with UIM - Ernie Malaga Jul 1, 1993 http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?13@34.5QTDeNPtIMc.0@.6ae349ec

Work with source utility - John Rusling July 2004 http://iprodeveloper.com/rpg-programming/work-source-utility