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Visual Indication of completeness in an Multi tabbed Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030087D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Published is a method to add visual Indication of completeness in a multi tabbed user interface.

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Visual Indication of completeness in an Multi tabbed Interface

A multi tabbed interface is where there are multiple tabs in one single page and are typically used to collect multiple facets of information about an single entity. There are many business/web applications that collect information using multitabbed information.

When a user interface has multiple tabs and each tab has multiple input fields, the input validation is done typically in the following ways:

1. Field by Field Basis: Till an input field gets the correct information, do not allow the user to enter any other information. Typically this is done by not allowing the focus to move out of the field. This is a very intrusive way of validating the input and tends to annoy the user. Many a time, this is not an option as the user may have to fill partial information in a particular field and come back later to complete the field.
2. Tab by Tab Basis: When the user shifts to another tab, all the validation for the current tab is done. If any field in the tab contains an input error, the focus shifts to that field for input of the correct input. The user cannot shift to any tab till this tab is complete. While better than the first method, this still tends to be intrusive when there all a lot of tabs to be filled by the user.
3 At the End: This is one of the most common approaches taken by most applications. The complete validation occurs at the when the user presses the OK/Apply button in the interface. The first field where the input error occurs, the focus shifts to that field.

The problem with the above approaches of input validation is that the user here is just aware of one error she/he has made. If there are multiple errors, the user corrects the first error and then has t...