4. Graphical User Interface
Perhaps the most popular feature of RCIS is it's differing depths of usage. On the one hand, the user has access to a multitude of advanced functionality that beginners will find bewildering. However, the system revolves around a simple menu driven surface structure allowing the user to begin immediately. The software may be experimented in a "see and click" fashion. Menus are explained as follows:
4.1. The Start Up Menu
4.2. The Train List Window
4.3. The Status Window
The status window remains visible at the bottom of the screen (usually under the Todayís List) throughout operation so that the user can monitor operation while updating the master database or amending notices, etcetera.
To demonstrate the simplicity of use that RCIS affords through this menu, the below explains one method of performing the most common operations:
4.4. To Change Platform Number
One of the users first questions will usually be how to change the platform number. This is performed by keying in the platform number and pressing F6. The following dialogue box appears:
The user then keys in the new number and the dialogue box automatically closes.
4.5. Normal Menu View
The following image provides a view of the interface in itís normal view.
While it can seem complex at first, close inspection will show that the screen clearly combines all the standard user requirements in a single, convenient view. The main windows are listed as follows:
1. Train list (main) around current time
2. Status (bottom) showing currently posted trains
3. Global Options (right) allowing fast access to other menus and information.
4.6. Editing a Train
RCIS provides a windows compatible text editor (with clipboard functionality, auto word wrap, etc).
When the user selects a train to edit, the following dialogue box appears:
4.6.1. Quick Remarks
The system allows very quick remark additions (such as "Delayed by 10 minutes"). To add a "quick remark" to a train the user simply:
1. Select the train (key in the platform number or hilite a train). Press F12. The dialogue box shown above will appear but with a list of remarks.
2. Select a remark. This can be achieved quickly by pressing the first number of the remark. For fast remarks, only the first 9 remarks are available.
3. Press the Enter key. The insertion point for the remark is selected automatically but can be changed later.
DRA: Press "-" key. This option is available with DRA systems to automatically announce the associated remark.