What is Context Recognition and how can it help me?

OutsideView has advanced abilities to assist users while they communicate with their host systems.  These abilities include Identity Management to reduce repetitive or redundant logins, Dynamic Input Assistance to provide command history lists or command syntax assistance, and Dynamic Toolbars providing descriptive labels for your function keys instead of just F1, F2, etc.

All of these abilities spring from OutsideView’s ability to recognize your context – that is, the application which you are using.  OutsideView then provides focused assistance, relevant to that specific context.  OutsideView can even be taught to recognize new or custom contexts – so it can assist you when working in your organization-specific environment(s).


Identity Management has been discussed in another post, which you can access here.  For now, just know that it provides an entirely secure means of retaining, in encrypted memory, your login credentials for automatic re-entry whenever needed.  This can greatly reduce the number of times during your day that you need to type in your various credentials.  OutsideView can only do this by recognizing the contexts where logins are needed.


Using Context Recognition, OutsideView can display the function key toolbar with dynamically changing labels.  Let’s say you are in TEDIT. OutsideView can show you a toolbar with TEDIT-specific labels:

Educ Series 5, Dynamic toolbar-1

Are you in VIEWSYS?  OutsideView will automatically show you function keys labels appropriate to that context:

Educ Series 5, Dynamic toolbar-2

Do you have a custom application?  Teach OutsideView how to recognize that environment, and you can easily define dynamic toolbar labels for that environment, too.


What was that command you used a week ago?  OutsideView remembers your command history for you and will list your command history relevant to your current context.  In fact, OutsideView contains syntax assistance logic that, upon recognizing your context, can also prompt you through entering new or infrequent commands.

Here’s an example TACL command history list: starting with v:

Educ Series 5, Command list-FUP

 While these are historical FUP commands starting with v:

Educ Series 5, Command list-TACL

Crystal Point ships OutsideView with the inherent ability to recognize most standard contexts.  If you want to expand OutsideView’s capability to provide focused, dynamic assistance in your organization’s applications, you can teach OutsideView to do that, using Regular Expressions.  Once the new context is recognized, its command history is tracked separately, and you can store a unique toolbar label set or set a new ID Type for logins.  Would you like additional information about using Context Recognition to assist your productivity?

  • View a short video describing Context Recognition concepts and uses:

  • View a short video showing how to define new contexts, using Regular Expressions:

  • Contact our Sales Engineer, Jim Hampton by email jimh@crystalpoint.com or phone 1-425-806-1141.