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Displaying Profile Or Option Information As a Cardfile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101608D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hibberd, LR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article present a way to deal with profile information. Presenting profile or option information is a challenge. Not only is there so much of it, but it is also seen as being peripherally involved with the "real" problem at hand. All the user wants to do is to get his task completed with the least amount of problems, so dealing with profile information is viewed as an (un)necessary evil.

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Displaying Profile Or Option Information As a Cardfile

       This article present a way to deal with profile
information. Presenting profile or option information is a challenge.
Not only is there so much of it, but it is also seen as being
peripherally involved with the "real" problem at hand. All the user
wants to do is to get his task completed with the least amount of
problems, so dealing with profile information is viewed as an
(un)necessary evil.

      Amongst traditional approaches to deal with this problem are:
- Split the information over several panels, accessing these in a
serial fashion.
 - Split the information over several panels and provide a front-end
menu that controls the access to each given panel
 - Allow the panel itself to be scrollable, so the user can access
each item by moving up or down in the panel.

      But none of these offers a full-good solution to the problem.

      A solution to the problem must provide a number of things.
Each of these may have been provided by one of more of the solutions
listed above, but none have dealt with all of the issues.
 - An overview of the groups of options the user can deal with. This
allows even the novice to find the options that will deal with his or
her problem.
 - Easy access to each of these groups, in an order determined by the
user.  No specific order sequence must be imposed, nor must the user
be forced to traverse more option categories than is needed to
complete his task.
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