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Method to Maintain Discarded Information in a Graphical Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103258D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a graphical interface to maintain information provided by the system after the user has discarded it. The information is visually maintained in such a way as to allow the user to restore it without specifying the precise information. In this way, the system aids the user by visually reminding them of what the information was while still indicating that the information has been discarded.

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Method to Maintain Discarded Information in a Graphical Interface

      Disclosed is a method for a graphical interface to maintain
information provided by the system after the user has discarded it.
The information is visually maintained in such a way as to allow the
user to restore it without specifying the precise information.  In
this way, the system aids the user by visually reminding them of what
the information was while still indicating that the information has
been discarded.

      Within a graphical user interface model, some conditions may be
defined by an administrator prior to the use of the information by
the end user.  When the user selects objects for inclusion, the
objects (data and conditions) necessary to use the selected objects
are automatically collected and added.  If the user decides that a
condition is not required, they can select the condition object and
delete it.  Normally, in a graphical interface the object would then
be deleted from the screen.  In our model, the object is only grayed.
In that way the user can still see that a condition is defined and
could be used if necessary.  The user can then reapply the condition
through the use of an action bar option that allows the discarded
condition to be used again.

      This concept does not require the user to return to the initial
starting point to reapply a discarded portion of the predefined
relationships.  The concept allows the user to:
   1.  Visually determine if...