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Display Process for Large Output Only Fields

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103195D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a simple mechanism that will allow the user to magnify output only fields to view all the data contained within it. Applications frequently want to display information of use to a user but the associated screen real estate problems do not always allow the application to provide all the important information fields. This can occur on data input screens. The user's real focus should be on the information that needs to be supplied to the system. However, the system may contain related information that the user may have a need to view; these could be displayed in output only fields. There may not be space on the screen to display all the information in the fields.

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Display Process for Large Output Only Fields

      Disclosed is a simple mechanism that will allow the user to
magnify output only fields to view all the data contained within it.
Applications frequently want to display information of use to a user
but the associated screen real estate problems do not always allow
the application to provide all the important information fields.
This can occur on data input screens.  The user's real focus should
be on the information that needs to be supplied to the system.
However, the system may contain related information that the user may
have a need to view; these could be displayed in output only fields.
There may not be space on the screen to display all the information
in the fields. This presents a problem to the end user of a panel
since output only fields may not be cursored because of the cursoring
characteristics associated with data input.

      For instance, currently Query Manager panel designers may
define fields as output only fields with specific output display
field lengths. The length of the data to be shown in these fields is
not always predictable or may be very large. The potential exists
that the user may see truncated data in these output only fields.
The user should not be required to cursor through output only fields
when their only intent is to add/change data in data input fields.

      The solution to this problem is to enable the mouse double
click action on output only fields.  This action wil...