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Multi-Line Value Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102806D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keane, PJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique to effectively handle lists of unknown length that are entered by a user from a keyboard in order to overcome deficiencies of current techniques.

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Multi-Line Value Field

      Provided is a technique to effectively handle lists of unknown
length that are entered by a user from a keyboard in order to
overcome deficiencies of current techniques.

      The user is provided with a Multi-line Value Field (MLVF).  In
its initial presentation, this field looks like a conventional entry
field.  Users understand how these work.  Text and or graphics can be
easily cut, copied, pasted, or deleted from the field.  However, the
MLVF is different from conventional entry fields in that it
automatically increases in size as the user requests more space.
This is done with the "new line" key as in other WYSIWYG editors.
This property is visually designated in a graphic manner to show the
user that it is not a conventional entry field.

      The MLVF can continue to grow to its maximum size. Once maximum
size is reached, the graphic that indicates that the field is a MLVF
is replaced with a vertical scroll. More space is added on each user
request, and the existing data scrolls off the top of the list.  As
the MLVF grows, the window that contains it also expands.

      The benefits to the user include new function, ease of
learning, increased conservation of screen space, improved usability,
and consistency with conventional entry fields.

      Disclosed anonymously.