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Displayable Substitute Character for Non-displayable Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041205D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described for guiding a user through the entry of non-displayable information on a data entry screen. An end user typically has no way of knowing the number of characters that have been entered into a non-displayable field such as a password field. If a mistake is made and a user desires to correct the mistake, it becomes guesswork to determine how many characters have been typed and where correction should commence in the field.

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Displayable Substitute Character for Non-displayable Field

A method is described for guiding a user through the entry of non-displayable information on a data entry screen. An end user typically has no way of knowing the number of characters that have been entered into a non-displayable field such as a password field. If a mistake is made and a user desires to correct the mistake, it becomes guesswork to determine how many characters have been typed and where correction should commence in the field.

The solution to this problem is to fill the entry area with non-enterable characters as the user enters the non-displayable information. This gives positive visual affirmation of the entry of information. The positioning of characters is also ascertainable. The user can determine where the last character was entered by looking at the non-enterable characters on the display.

The advantage to this approach is that users can correct mistakes without guessing the location of their errors.

Disclosed anonymously.

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