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Space-Saving Way of Displaying Large Fields On Demand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101610D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hibberd, LR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This disclosure addresses the problem where very different amounts of information may be entered into a screen field at different occasions. Present-day methods make it difficult to lay out a screen design so that space is not used up in vain, yet still allows for large amounts of data when needed.

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Space-Saving Way of Displaying Large Fields On Demand

       This disclosure addresses the problem where very
different amounts of information may be entered into a screen field
at different occasions.  Present-day methods make it difficult to lay
out a screen design so that space is not used up in vain, yet still
allows for large amounts of data when needed.

      Catering to a large variety of input extents can be difficult
to accommodate on a panel.  Either the input field is too short,
preserving space but severely limiting the amount of data that can be
seen at one time, or it is too long, using up valuable space on the
panel that might seldomly be used.

      A way of solving this problem is to allow each field to scroll
independently of any other field.  This allows the data to be
entered, eliminating the even more serious problem of not being able
to enter the data at all. However, it still presents the problem of
not being able to display all the data at the same time, so some form
of action is needed to get to review the information.

      Resizing the window can sometimes be used to overcome this
problem. However, resizing applies to the entire window, not just to
the one field in question, and so carries the penalty of resizing
everything, not just the one field that was not big enough.

      A different solution is to present an option that allows
expansion of just a single field, expanded into a separate window.
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