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A METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR SPECIFYING AND RENDERING TIME WINDOWS WITHIN A 24 HOUR DAY.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032928D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed here is a method of constructing a novel graphical user interface for specifying or displaying one or more contiguous time periods in the context of a 24 hour day. The invention provides for specifying time windows either by text field input, or by manipulating start and stop "clock hands" on a virtual clock face.

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A METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR SPECIFYING AND RENDERING TIME WINDOWS WITHIN A 24 HOUR DAY.

    User interfaces for time controls are primarily based on a 12 hour clock, and or a text based time-range input field. The typical user interface provides no mechanism for setting a time range in the context of a 24 hour day. Those interfaces which provide time range input do so using square text based user interfaces, or linear graphical user interfaces. These interfaces do not display, or provide for viewing the entire 24 hour period in a constrained viewing space. Since specifying time ranges in calendars and notification control systems is an often repeated task, any improvement in ease of use and usability are welcome by users.

    Disclosed here is a method and system for constructing a novel graphical user interface for specifying or displaying one or more contiguous time periods in the context of a 24 hour day. The invention provides for specifying time windows either by text field input, or by manipulating start and stop "clock hands" on a virtual clock face. The textual and graphical controls of the interface are constrained to the bounding rectangle of the container in which they are created. Updates to the textual start and stop time fields are automatically reflected in the virtual clock face, and vice versa.

    Optionally, the graphical clock face control or text field controls can be hidden and unhidden dynamically to suite a user's preferenc...