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X-Windows New Pop-Up Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037858D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kuo, W: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a window pop-up that allows the user to view a series of numeric data by pressing mouse buttons to scan them up or down and make a selection.

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X-Windows New Pop-Up Mechanism

Disclosed is a window pop-up that allows the user to view a series of numeric data by pressing mouse buttons to scan them up or down and make a selection.

In the X-Windows environment, all of menu selections involve pop-up displays, mouse movement, and mouse selections. However, for the sequential numeric data, a more efficient display and selection scheme is disclosed here.

Instead of displaying the whole set of numeric data in a pop-up for the user to select, only a single value is displayed at a time. With the mouse pointing at the pop-up, the user may click the left mouse button to display the lower value or click the right mouse button to display the higher value of the current one. The user may also click the middle mouse button to make a selection. Move the mouse out of the pop-up at any time will abort the selection.

As a result, a few advantages can be drawn from the scheme as described below. 1. It creates only one simple window instead of a spectrum windows. Therefore, it increases performance and reduces screen overhead. 2. The first value displayed in the pop-up is always the current value. Therefore, the user can view it as an informative pop-up. 3. No mouse movement involved in the data selection. 4. Very efficient for small amount of data display, e.g. 0 - 8 for the keyboard click volume, 0 - 7 for the bell volume, etc.

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