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Display of Conditional Parameters Using Hierarchical Pop-Up Panels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061468D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

By using hierarchical pop-up panels, which avoid the offering of dependent parameters to a user when the initial parameter has not been selected, only valid choices are presented for user selection. In a UNIX* environment, some parameters in panels have no meaning unless another parameter is also selected. Ease of use is provided when a system does not offer a parameter to the user that is not valid. To avoid offering these dependent parameters to the user when they are not valid, the use of hierarchical pop-ups which display the dependent parameters is provided. For instance, if parameter B is dependent on parameter A having a particular choice selected, parameter B is displayed in a pop-up only when parameter A has had that particular choice selected.

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Display of Conditional Parameters Using Hierarchical Pop-Up Panels

By using hierarchical pop-up panels, which avoid the offering of dependent parameters to a user when the initial parameter has not been selected, only valid choices are presented for user selection. In a UNIX* environment, some parameters in panels have no meaning unless another parameter is also selected. Ease of use is provided when a system does not offer a parameter to the user that is not valid. To avoid offering these dependent parameters to the user when they are not valid, the use of hierarchical pop-ups which display the dependent parameters is provided. For instance, if parameter B is dependent on parameter A having a particular choice selected, parameter B is displayed in a pop-up only when parameter A has had that particular choice selected. Thus, parameter B is only offered to the user when it is a valid parameter. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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