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Short History of SAP GUI 20100202

Short History of SAP GUI 20100202

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Published by: Rajagopalan Muthukrishnan on Feb 02, 2010
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Every information system needs to interact with the user in some way. Basic term
(or frontend) stands for 
Graphical User Interface
and its common function is allow user to connectto the system and show /process user interaction (e.g. user’s inputs) with graphics in addition totext information. Predecessor to graphics interface was text based interface – CLI (CommandLine Interfaces). As an example you can imagine first computer terminals. Then mouse (or other pointing device) feature was added and finally developed to GUI.SAP AG intended to have a user centered design of their software. Over the period SAP GUIfollowed improvements as their flagship ERP - software. As a first step there was an
R/2 user interface based on terminal screens.
It had following features: only on screen menu, list of function keys, message area, lines toseparate field groups, question mark indicated required field.02/Feb/20101 of 6
 
Rajagopalan MNext step was
R/2 user interface with CUA
interface. It provided menu and a clickablepushbutton bar with the most important function keys.Early version of SAP R/3 like
1.0
had characteristic like: leadings dots for field labels, field lengthnot indicated, menu bar, pushbutton bar at the bottom showing the most important function keys.In version
1.1
it had added: Field length indicated by background colors, fast paths in menus (for keyboard access). And there was an influence of SAP technologies like: dynpro (dynamic screen with tables andelements), steploop (processing of dynpro) and ABAP list technology (for interactive reporting).Next version R/3 version 2.0 introduced following: featured of new Windows 3.1 and other supported platforms (OSF/Motif, OS/2 and Mac OS), Windows look and feel (some), no leadingdots for field labels, 3D look for entry fields, system and application toolbar, icons in systemtoolbar.02/Feb/20102 of 6
 
Rajagopalan MVersion
2.0
was followed by
2.1
with elements like: new graphical elements: checkboxes,radiobuttons, group boxes, push buttons on screen, new icon look, list colors, Windows GUIbecomes “standard GUI”. This “Windows version” was dominating GUI for SAP. It really lookedlike a "real" Windows application nevertheless, it is still terminal simulation only.Next generation of R/3 started with
3.0
versions here new elements came: table control (basedon dynpro technology; replacement for the steploop), icons on buttons, application toolbar, andproportional font for field labels.In
3.1
: Windows95 look: flat buttons (customizable), tabstrip control (dynpro technology), ABAPList Viewer (ALV).Next major release of R/3 was
4.0
: To evade difficult navigation more and more information is putinto tabstrips of screens in order to have minimum screens in transactions.02/Feb/20103 of 6

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