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Dual Windowing User Interface System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103869D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed that provides a dual windowing user interface that allows application designers to display more task-pertinent information in the same visible workspace. An example of the layout of this system is illustrated in the figure. The layout consists of two action/data windows displayed side by side, with a third elongated Help window displayed underneath. The two action/data windows dynamically change information and appearance as the user progresses through a particular task. There is no need for additional windows in the form of dialog boxes or secondary windows or message boxes to appear over this basic layout. The Help box is used as a DIL area during normal task work, as the Help box when the user calls on help, and as the message box when there is an error or task confirmation condition.

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Dual Windowing User Interface System

      A technique is disclosed that provides a dual windowing user
interface that allows application designers to display more
task-pertinent information in the same visible workspace.  An example
of the layout of this system is illustrated in the figure.  The
layout consists of two action/data windows displayed side by side,
with a third elongated Help window displayed underneath.  The two
action/data windows dynamically change information and appearance as
the user progresses through a particular task.  There is no need for
additional windows in the form of dialog boxes or secondary windows
or message boxes to appear over this basic layout.  The Help box is
used as a DIL area during normal task work, as the Help box when the
user calls on help, and as the message box when there is an error or
task confirmation condition.

      The two action/data boxes work in concert with each other to
provide the user with the most useful information for any given task.
Examples follow:

Task                  Box 1               Box 2

Send a note           Send dialog         Address book info

Reply to note         New text            Original text

Create AB entry       Address book        Create entry dialog

Search AB             Search criteria     Search results

Look at Cal           Daily view          Monthly view

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