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An Alternate User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060598D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feeney, JW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An alternate interface has been disclosed for minimizing the learning curve imposed upon users of new tools having improved user interfaces. Ordinarily, whenever a new computer based tool is released, the user interface, being unique to that tool, is different from all previous tools. Accordingly, the user is required to learn another set of rules. This interface will assist the user until the tool is accepted and mastered.

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An Alternate User Interface

An alternate interface has been disclosed for minimizing the learning curve imposed upon users of new tools having improved user interfaces. Ordinarily, whenever a new computer based tool is released, the user interface, being unique to that tool, is different from all previous tools. Accordingly, the user is required to learn another set of rules. This interface will assist the user until the tool is accepted and mastered.

The figure illustrates an alternate user interface flow diagram. When a tool with a new user interface is developed, an electronic form 1 is coincidentally developed to provide the tool with the same information normally entered through the user interface. This allows users who are not ready to learn the interface to enter the required data in a more familiar manner using tools they already know.

A form processor 2 that is user invoked extracts data from the form and stacks it in an input stack. The tool receives the data from the input stack in the same manner in which a user would enter it using the normal tool interface 3. In this way, the tool itself is independent of the alternate entry form.

The form processor must be able to extract the data from the form and stack it in the correct order for the tool. To make this a general procedure applicable to different tools, the required data items are assigned English oriented names. These names appear on the forms and are also defined in tables describing the data re...