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Min-Max Slider

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101532D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appino, PA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a graphic control icon for specifying a range of parameter values. The min-max slider, as shown in the figure, resembles a rectangle within a rectangle. The outer rectangle represents the range of parameter values. The inner rectangle represents a subrange of values that can be interactively modified with a mouse.

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Min-Max Slider

       Disclosed is a graphic control icon for specifying a
range of parameter values.  The min-max slider, as shown in the
figure, resembles a rectangle within a rectangle.  The outer
rectangle represents the range of parameter values.  The inner
rectangle represents a subrange of values that can be interactively
modified with a mouse.

      To increase/decrease the minimum value of the subrange, place
the mouse on the min-max slider and press the left mouse button.
Hold the button and move the mouse left to decrease the minimum value
or right to increase the minimum value.  To increase/decrease the
maximum value of the subrange, place the mouse on the min-max slider
and press the right mouse button.  The entire subrange can be moved
by placing the mouse on the min-max slider and pressing both the left
and right mouse buttons simultaneously.  As the mouse moves left and
right, both the minimum and maximum values of the subrange change,
but the absolute value of their difference, e.g., the width of the
inner rectangle, remains the same.

      The inner rectangle can be encoded with color or shading to
convey relative values.  For example, if temperature is the parameter
controlled by the min-max slider, the minimum or left edge of the
inner rectangle could be colored blue and the maximum or right edge
colored red.  Values within the subrange could be represented by
intermediate colors.

      The min-max slider simplifies any task r...