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Narrated Online DEMO and TRYOUT Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039165D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Herder, RE: AUTHOR

Abstract

An online tutorial is described that teaches new users how to cope with a complex interface. The narrated demos show tasks being done, and tells the user how to do them at the same time. In order to show how the method referred to as Usability Services works, the screen, as shown in the figure, is "split" so that two "mini-windows" appear, instructions on the left and the simulated interface on the right. Once a user selects the DEMO command from the command bar, the action begins. On the left, the first step of the operation is described, while the operation is performed on the right side. Then step 2 appears on the left, and operation 2 follows, until the task is complete. Once the task is finished, the user is told so, and can use the TRYOUT command to do the task himself in a safe, controlled environment.

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Narrated Online DEMO and TRYOUT Method

An online tutorial is described that teaches new users how to cope with a complex interface. The narrated demos show tasks being done, and tells the user how to do them at the same time. In order to show how the method referred to as Usability Services works, the screen, as shown in the figure, is "split" so that two "mini-windows" appear, instructions on the left and the simulated interface on the right. Once a user selects the DEMO command from the command bar, the action begins. On the left, the first step of the operation is described, while the operation is performed on the right side. Then step 2 appears on the left, and operation 2 follows, until the task is complete. Once the task is finished, the user is told so, and can use the TRYOUT command to do the task himself in a safe, controlled environment. A summary of all steps appears on the left of the screen.

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