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A GUI control to aid users in understanding the results of actions taken on multiple objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014161D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a multiple selection approach for Graphical User Interfaces (GUI). The approach provides a rule for mapping original controls to new controls and labels to ensure that the results of a multiple selection action are clear to the end user, without requiring actual database queries to be made. The approach is as follows: 1. Redraw the GUI panel to show only those controls that are relevant to the set of objects that are selected. 2. Convert controls to contain an explicit choice to leave control setting "as is" or "unchanged"

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  A GUI control to aid users in understanding the results of actions taken on multiple objects

Disclosed is a multiple selection approach for Graphical User Interfaces (GUI). The approach provides a rule for mapping original controls to new controls and labels to ensure that the results of a multiple selection action are clear to the end user, without requiring actual database queries to be made.

The approach is as follows:
1. Redraw the GUI panel to show only those controls that are relevant to the set of objects that are selected.

   2. Convert controls to contain an explicit choice to leave control setting "as is" or "unchanged"

Convert radio buttons, checkboxes and push buttons to combo boxes Add an additional choice (item) to combo boxes. If a group of controls must be altered together, provide a checkbox or radio button to explicitly ask the user if the groupbox contents should be changed.

Note that the control chosen as a replacement does not have to be a combobox. A radio button with the choice "<leave as is>" could also have been implemented. However, comboboxes may be chosen to conserve real estate. Several of the replication dialogs do not have enough vertical space to accommodate multiple additional radio button choices.

A sample scenario

In the replication product, one of the user steps is to "register" tables. During this step, users define what they want to copy. The replication product supports three types of registered tables, allows the user to select which columns to copy (all columns vs. a subset of columns), and allows the user to copy values before or after a change was made. Users often want to register several tables at once, if their definitions are similar.

For the purpose of this scenario, the user wants to replicate four tables. Some settings will be the same for all tables. Other settings will be the same for a subset of the tables, but will differ for the other tables.

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