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Feature Wizards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033696D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

To achieve the simplification of the features, users should be able to select a mode that allows them walk, step-by-step, through the options available to them and program their job by answering simple questions. Each "tab" on the features will have a button on it labeled "Wizard", which when selected will break down the options available on that screen.

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Feature Wizards

This invention is aimed more at the technophobe person (which there are plenty of in all companies and organizations) who is scared of technology or doesn’t have the proficiency to program a job using the features available.  To achieve the simplification of the features, users should be able to select a mode that allows them walk, step-by-step, through the options available to them and program their job by answering simple questions.  Each “tab” on the features will have a button on it labeled “Wizard”, which when selected will break down the options available on that screen.  Take the email feature as an example - The basic top-level screen available at the moment (which for the aforementioned people is the only screen they will usually use) allows the user to add recipients and send the email.  Using a Wizard feature, the user could change a whole host of options to tailor the job to their needs.  The following is an example set of questions the top-level tab Wizard would provide to help the user.  Following pressing the Wizard button on the email top-level screen (each number is a new screen):

 

  1. Type in the name or email address of the 1st recipient” (in the case of an address book search, a list of the valid names will appear on a second screen.  A full email address will take the valid names will appear on a second screen.  A full email address will take the user to the next screen.  There will also be 3 radio buttons displaying “TO”, “CC” and “BCC” that need to be selected to indicate the recipients perspective on the e-mail)
  2. “Are their anymore recipients?” (A “Yes” and “No” toolbar will appea...