Support of a non-modal software wizard in a graphical user interface.
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-28
Disclosed is a graphical user interface method that provides a way for users to work in only one software wizard at a time while also allowing a user to access other parts of a software application. This method of implementing software wizards provides the ability for users to access important information outside of a software wizard that may affect actions that users take within a software wizard. However, a convention of allowing a user to work in only one software wizard at a time is maintained.
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TUC820020104 Jean Barkley/Tucson/IBM Mary Burton, Thomas R Anzelde, Linda Benhase
Support of a non-modal software wizard in a graphical user interface .
If a user "opens" a software wizard in for example, a data storage copy software application, by clicking on a wizard in the navigation area of the application (Figure 1), all other software wizards are grayed out and unavailable unless a user completes or cancels out of the currently active software wizard.
Unlike most software wizards, wizards in this invention are not purely modal
i.e., users are not prevented from using other parts of the graphical user interface when they are working in a software wizard. Software wizards are designed in this way to ensure that users have access to needed functions and information e.g., status/copy relationship information in a data storage copy application, that may affect actions that they take within a software wizard. This ability to work outside of a software wizard while a software wizard remains active is useful because it allow users to make decisions based on additional information while they still working within a wizard and it ensures that users have access to key functions within an application while a software wizard is active e.g., users may have access to find and filter features that are available via a software product graphical user interface menu bar.