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User interface mechanism to represent linkage between items in a table

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028473D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This is a user interface idea to aid in the reading of a list of related workflow tasks displayed in Web browser tables. It uses color symbols as a visual guide to help in the reading of linkage between items in a tabular structure such as a data table represented within a WEB browser.

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User interface mechanism to represent linkage between items in a table

In this description I use a list of workflow items as an example to illustrate the idea.

    This is a user interface to aid in the reading of a list of related items tasks displayed in Web browser tables.

    This uses coloured symbols to represent relationships between the rows in a table of tasks representing a workflow. These symbols provide clear a visual clue to the user and make reading of the data relationship much easier than if they where not present.

    Lets consider a simple workflow representing a process for a new car arriving to a supplier :
Start

Activity 1 : Car arrives Activity 2 : Assign a stock Number Activity 3: Pre delivery Inspection If a problem with inspection

         Activity 4 : Order Parts Activity 5 : Fit Parts Go back to Activity 3 Activity 3: Accept car into showroom End.

    The diagram below represents this workflow using the coloured circles as visual clues indicating the flow from activity to activity, the arrow symbols represent the start and end of the flow. The coloured symbols which of course don't have to be just circles provide a fast visual clue making the tracks through the flow easy to follow visually.

    Represented in the diagram is a list of activities each one having a Name a title, a role which simply specifies who owns the activity, possible results of the activity and which activity to be done next based on that result. The next activity being assigned by activity name...