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System and Method for Dynamic Value Display in a Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013767D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shirley Martin: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a solution for presenting values that change dynamically as the user directly manipulates elements of a Graphical User Interface (GUI). It addresses the difficulty of associating the manipulation of a GUI element with corresponding numeric value changes. The disclosed solution attaches a 'value flag' to the manipulable element. When the element is manipulated, the value flag moves with it and dynamically displays the value associated with each position of the element.

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System and Method for Dynamic Value Display in a Graphical User Interface

Disclosed is a solution for presenting values that change dynamically as the
user directly manipulates elements of a Graphical User Interface (GUI). It
addresses the difficulty of associating the manipulation of a GUI element with
corresponding numeric value changes. The disclosed solution attaches a 'value
flag' to the manipulable element. When the element is manipulated, the value
flag moves with it and dynamically displays the value associated with each
position of the element.

      In the Figures, the value flags are implemented within a cluster
analysis program, but their usage is generalizable to other GUI applications.
In the cluster analysis program example, the appearance of the tree diagram
depends in part on the placement of the distance thresholds. When being
dragged, each distance threshold line moves horizontally together with its
associated value flag. The value flag displays the value associated with the
threshold line's current position with respect to the horizontal axis. The
value flag changes its appearance (in this example, its colors) while the
threshold line is being dragged, and displays the distance value dynamically
according to the position of the threshold line. Before being dragged, the
color of a threshold line is the same as the text color of its associated
value flag, and the background color of the value flag is white. When being
dragged, the color of a threshold line become the s...