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Revolving Selection Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099989D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Flores, D: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The diagram above depicts the Revolving Selection Field control. This control operates under the Presentation Manager* Graphical Interface.

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Revolving Selection Field

       The diagram above depicts the Revolving Selection Field
control.  This control operates under the Presentation Manager*
Graphical Interface.

      The Revolving Selection Field reduces program code necessary
for input validation, reduces amount of screen space used, and
reduces the amount of time a user must take to input data.

      This control should be used when there is more than one
possible input selection.

      Examples 1 and 2 below show the previous methods used to allow
a user to change field information.

      Example 3 shows the new method by using the Revolving Selection
Field control.

      These examples show the process of how a user selects the color
"green" as his/her color preference.
1.   List a set of Radio Buttons associated with color choices.
      Color . . . . . . . . . . . .  ( )
Black                                      ( ) Blue
                                     (X) Green
                                     ( ) Red
                                     ( ) White
                                     ( ) Yellow
      In this case the user, using the mouse, presses the radio
button associated with the preferred color.
      Although no input validation is necessary in this case, the
amount of screen space taken by such a selection scheme is
exorbitant.
2.   Use an edit box.  (also known as an entry field)
      Color . . . . . . . . . . . .
      In this case the user types the name of the color desired.
      Although this scheme reduced the amount of screen space used,
it requires substantial amount of code needed to validate user input.
      For example, the user may misspell the color, or enter a color
which is not a valid choice (magenta, for example).  The input
validation routine would also have to accommodate National Language
Support.
3.   Use the Revolving Selection Field.
      Color . . . . . . . . . . .
      In this case the user scrolls to the desired color by pressing
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