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An Integrated Breadcrumb Trail and Wizard Task Status Graphic

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012065D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Provided is a technique to represent very long task flows that might be depicted within a Breadcrumb Trail or Task Status Graphic in wizard-like tasks.

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An Integrated Breadcrumb Trail and Wizard Task Status Graphic

One approach to the problem of many pages is seen on search result pages, where a numeric list is displayed, together with buttons to move forward or backward through the list of pages. However, this is not relevant to the context of a Breadcrumb Trail and Task Status Graphic, which depict textual information about the types of pages and subtasks that are represented.

Conventional approaches can be used to depict a Breadcrumb Trailand a Task Status Graphic. However,

When task paths are long or an application must integrate a wizard-like task within a page flow, a "collapsed path" graphic can be inserted into the Breadcrumb Trail to represent other pages in the flow. The "collapsed path" graphic can be used when very long paths are anticipated in a wizard. A "collapsed path" graphic can be used to represent pages in a task flow prior to starting a wizard. A "collapsed path" graphic can be used to represent pages in a wizard task flow in the event that a user leaves the wizard task to review other information. The collapsed path graphic can have an associated menu that lists pages that are represented by the graphic. A user can select from the list to go directly to a page or just click on the graphic to expand the collapsed flow. As appropriate, other pages can collapse or remain displayed in the flow. Selection of the "collapsed path" graphic expands the path to display the collapsed portion of the flo...