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Function Key Wrap

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037956D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for displaying entire sets of function keys within a screen window regardless of the size of the window by reformatting how the function keys are displayed in the window, based the size of the window. The function key area is the area at the bottom of a window or panel that lists available actions and their key assignments. These actions are listed with text inside of a key-shaped button. The user may invoke an action by pressing the appropriate function key or clicking on the button representing the function key with the mouse or other pointing device.

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Function Key Wrap

This article describes a method for displaying entire sets of function keys within a screen window regardless of the size of the window by reformatting how the function keys are displayed in the window, based the size of the window. The function key area is the area at the bottom of a window or panel that lists available actions and their key assignments. These actions are listed with text inside of a key-shaped button. The user may invoke an action by pressing the appropriate function key or clicking on the button representing the function key with the mouse or other pointing device.

Using current methods, when an application window is reduced in size by a user, the function keys displayed in the function key area may no longer fit in the re-sized window, and those function keys which do not fit into the window are truncated and no longer displayed. Such automatic truncation of function keys presents a usability problem in that available user actions represented by the function keys are removed from the screen and are no longer accessible to the user.

Function key wrap provides accessibility to all function keys in the function area regardless of window size. This accomplished by dynamically adjusting the position of the function key buttons on the screen in the function key area as the window is made smaller by the user. Instead of drawing the function keys in a completely horizontal row within the function key area regardless of the window si...