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Consecutive Month Scrolling Control on a Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103755D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nguyen, T: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described of displaying the month, year, and scrolling controls on a navigational calendar in a more easy to use and intuitive manner.

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Consecutive Month Scrolling Control on a Calendar

      A method is described of displaying the month, year, and
scrolling controls on a navigational calendar in a more easy to use
and intuitive manner.

      Currently on a navigational calendar, the top display line
contains Previous and Next pushbuttons, and then the year followed by
a spin control.  The second display line contains the month.  It is
not obvious to the user that Previous and Next pushbuttons pertain to
the month since they are on separate lines.  In addition, there are
no nouns associated with these verbs.  The Next pushbutton could also
imply a yearly increment since it is positioned immediately to the
left of the name of the year.

      The solution is to move the month to the top display line
between the Next pushbutton and the year but as its own entity, and
replace the Previous and Next pushbuttons with a left and right
arrows spin control.  Now the top display line contains the spin
control for the month followed by the month (right-justified), and
then the year (left-justified) followed by its spin control.

      This layout of the navigational calendar is more intuitive to
the user since the month and year are always shown together, yet as
separate entities with their own spin controls for scrolling.  It
also more closely follows the user's paradigm of a monthly paper
calendar, saves screen real estate by having one less display line,
and can be used on a regular monthly c...