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Graphic Icons for Enhanced Ease of Data Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060477D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Himelstein, CS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By using graphic icons, the entry of data for multi-component charts can be eased, and the possibility of errors resulting from data entry can be reduced. The entry of data for multi-component charts can be a tedious process, particularly when a user fails to understand what constitutes a "data set". Also, it may be difficult for a user to envision how his data will appear with different types of charts. Graphic icons are provided in data entry pop downs on the display screen. The icons are miniatures of the chart type being created. For example, Figs. 1 and 2 show vertical bar chart icons in the data entry pop-down, while Figs. 3 and 4 show concentric pie chart icons. The portion of the icon corresponding to the data set being entered is highlighted as indicated by the shaded areas of the icons in the figures.

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Graphic Icons for Enhanced Ease of Data Entry

By using graphic icons, the entry of data for multi-component charts can be eased, and the possibility of errors resulting from data entry can be reduced. The entry of data for multi-component charts can be a tedious process, particularly when a user fails to understand what constitutes a "data set". Also, it may be difficult for a user to envision how his data will appear with different types of charts. Graphic icons are provided in data entry pop downs on the display screen. The icons are miniatures of the chart type being created. For example, Figs. 1 and 2 show vertical bar chart icons in the data entry pop-down, while Figs. 3 and 4 show concentric pie chart icons. The portion of the icon corresponding to the data set being entered is highlighted as indicated by the shaded areas of the icons in the figures. In addition to facilitating correct data entry, the icons present the user with a preliminary view of how the final chart will be arranged.

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