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Utilization of Tabs for Visual Simplification and as a Data Importance Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015558D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 5 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an invention that utilizes tabs for visual simplification of a user interface and to indicate the importance of data to be specified using a user interface. Visual simplification is achieved through less clutter on the user interface. For example, a dialog may contain 5 fields for the user to specify to specify the basics but 20 additional fields for the user to specify the advanced options. Instead of always having all 25 fields on the dialog, tabs could be used to put the 5 basic fields on one tab and the other 20 on another tab. Data importance can be indicated by what tab the information is specified on. One tab may be for required information that must be specified, and one tab for optional information that may or may not need to be specified.

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Utilization of Tabs for Visual Simplification and as a Data Importance Indicator

   Disclosed is an invention that utilizes tabs for visual simplification of a user interface and to indicate the importance of data to be specified using a user interface. Visual simplification is achieved through less clutter on the user interface. For example, a dialog may contain 5 fields for the user to specify to specify the basics but 20 additional fields for the user to specify the advanced options. Instead of always having all 25 fields on the dialog, tabs could be used to put the 5 basic fields on one tab and the other 20 on another tab. Data importance can be indicated by what tab the information is specified on. One tab may be for required information that must be specified, and one tab for optional information that may or may not need to be specified.

The following figures show screen the WebSphere Translation Server* (WTS) User Dictionary Manager (UDM) dialog that is used to add or modify definitions in a multilingual dictionary. The first (Fig. 1) is the dialog with all the required data on the main dialog itself (no tabs). The other two (Fig. 2 and Fig. 3) are each tab after the data has been split between required and optional and placed on the appropriate tabs.

Figure 1 - Adding a noun with all the required and optional fields on one dialog

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Figure 2 - Adding a noun with the data split between Required and Optional tabs - Required tab

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Figure 3 - Adding a noun with the data split between Required and Optional tabs - Optional tab

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Having to delineate between Required and Optional or Basic and Advanced has been around for quite some time. This invention is cleaner and more scalable than previous solutions. Using asterisks to indicate data that is required has been implemented in numerous types of applications. This invention is an improvement over using asterisks because it...