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Length Tailorable Action Entry Fields

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103754D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Finnell, JW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Consider an application that provides for processing of lists of objects through the use of an action list end user interface. Such an interface will typically consist of a description of each object in the list which is preceded by a fixed length action entry field. While the ability to directly enter actions for one or more objects is good for productivity, many of the actions a user may select may not be specifiable within the length limitations of the action entry field. This results in: o Multiple prompts or screens being presented to the user in order for the application to collect all of the information it needs to process the action. o Reduced user productivity. o Increased system costs associated with performing the action.

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Length Tailorable Action Entry Fields

      Consider an application that provides for processing of lists
of objects through the use of an action list end user interface.
Such an interface will typically consist of a description of each
object in the list which is preceded by a fixed length action entry
field.  While the ability to directly enter actions for one or more
objects is good for productivity, many of the actions a user may
select may not be specifiable within the length limitations of the
action entry field.  This results in:
      o  Multiple prompts or screens being presented to the user in
order for the application to collect all of the information it needs
to process the action.
      o  Reduced user productivity.
      o  Increased system costs associated with performing the
action.

      The additional keystrokes required for the user to complete the
action work against the benefits of an action list.

      The above problem is resolved through a facility whereby the
length of the action entry field is extended.  This could be a
command or profile setting.  This facility allows the specification
of the length of the action entry field based on the length of
actions and options most frequently used.  The user is able to
specify the action and its parameter with a single input.  The need
to display an additional prompt message, screen or window is
eliminated.

      This approach gives the user complete control over t...