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Method for a device-driver configuration utility based on a user-manual metaphor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077156D
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 96K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a device-driver configuration utility based on a user-manual metaphor. Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, and improved usability.

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Method for a device-driver configuration utility based on a user-manual metaphor

Disclosed is a method for a device-driver configuration utility based on a user-manual metaphor.  Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, and improved usability.

Background

              Most devices and device drivers require a user interface-based application to configure the device/driver. Many of these applications are comprised of a set of property sheets that are launched via a control panel. Property sheets are a set of dialog boxes organized with a set of tabs. Because the dialogs must fit within an 800 x 600 resolution screen, the available space is insufficient for detailed help. As a result, a separate hypertext-document is typically included to help the user with the numerous options.

              Due to the space limitations, property sheets do not always include enough information to inform the user about the current state of the system and how a particular control alters that state. Switching between the online-documentation and the actual application is cumbersome. As a result, devices and drivers can be configured less than optimally.

Description

              The disclosed method is a user interface (UI) that combines configuration options and hypertext help in a single application. The model for this UI is based on a hard-covered user manual. Background, instructions, and figures are displayed with the settings. Similar to a manual, the UI is divided into pages...