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Method for User Selection of Return Points in a Dialogue

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043715D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By saving return points in a programming user-system dialogue and allowing a user to select the points from a displayed list, a system can be rendered more productive and easier to use. Current systems typically permit various forms of "return" functions allowing the user to "back up" to a previous point in a dialogue. Often there may be several points to which the user may need to return. Systems typically provide several return functions, one for each different point, and give each a different name, such as "Quit", "Return", "Previous". However, users often cannot remember which function is associated with which point. Also, the points vary between different applications. The results are frequent user errors.

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Method for User Selection of Return Points in a Dialogue

By saving return points in a programming user-system dialogue and allowing a user to select the points from a displayed list, a system can be rendered more productive and easier to use. Current systems typically permit various forms of "return" functions allowing the user to "back up" to a previous point in a dialogue. Often there may be several points to which the user may need to return. Systems typically provide several return functions, one for each different point, and give each a different name, such as "Quit", "Return", "Previous". However, users often cannot remember which function is associated with which point. Also, the points vary between different applications. The results are frequent user errors. A solution to the above problems is to maintain a list of the currently valid return points and permit only one return command. When the user requests the return function, the list is displayed and the user can select the return point which is most appropriate. The user no longer has to remember different return commands, the list can be tailored to be most appropriate for each different application, errors can be avoided, and productivity can be improved.

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