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VISUAL INDICATION OF INCOMPATIBLE OPTIONS FOR GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006338D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Carl Dichter: AUTHOR

Abstract

Inthisexample, whichis stylizedfromaxeroxcopier, grouping does not even show exclusiveness: Only after manual feed is selected do we find that we cannot use stapling or collating.

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 14 December 1991

VISUAL INDICATION OF INCOMPATIBLE OPTIONS FOR GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES

by Carl Dichter

  Inthisexample, whichis stylizedfromaxeroxcopier, grouping does not even show exclusiveness: Only after manual feed is selected do we find that we cannot use stapling or collating.

PRIOR ART

  In existing user interfaces, the user is blocked from making a selection which conflicts with his mltml selec- tion. This is done by crossing out, graying or removing the conflicting optiop. There is no way to warn the user before he makes a selection.

  In this example, the grouping of the buttons indi- cates that we can only select one text color and one background color. It gave no other indication of conflict until the user selected the text color red. He was then blocked from picking a red background.

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 14 December 1991

NEW METHOD

  In this example, the grouping of the buttons indi- cates that we can only select one text color and one background color. The red barricades represent that you cannot use colors for the background and the text which do not have enough contrast. The yellow barri- cades warn th...