Browse Prior Art Database

Consistent User Interface for Different User Objectives

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061486D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

By applying similar concepts, different functions in different system usability facilities can be accessed allowing the user to operate the system with ease and with fewer mistakes. Two facilities are presented: one that presents a list of objects and the commands that are appropriate for each object and the other that presents a larger list of commands from which the user may choose. When a user is creating, manipulating or deleting files, it is natural to select the object from a list of files and then select the command to be performed. This sequence is designed to guide the user through the system and so minimizes errors. This is the FILES application.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 83% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

Consistent User Interface for Different User Objectives

By applying similar concepts, different functions in different system usability facilities can be accessed allowing the user to operate the system with ease and with fewer mistakes. Two facilities are presented: one that presents a list of objects and the commands that are appropriate for each object and the other that presents a larger list of commands from which the user may choose. When a user is creating, manipulating or deleting files, it is natural to select the object from a list of files and then select the command to be performed. This sequence is designed to guide the user through the system and so minimizes errors. This is the FILES application. The user selects one or more files from a displayed list, then the command to be performed on the files (from the Command Bar), and the parameters of the action to be performed on the files. When a user requires a larger set of commands, the function provided in the TOOLS application may be more appropriate. The user selects a command/application to be run, selects the RUN command from the Command Bar and then provides the necessary parameters (including, possibly, file names). The same technique of selection and specification is used in both the FILES and TOOLS applications. The FILES and TOOLS applications do not provide totally unique sets of functions, as some of the basic system functions (e.g., copy, move, delete, etc.) are offered in both applicatio...