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Access List Items by Ordinal Numbers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105140D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a new feature of List Control in a GUI (Graphical User Interface) environment, which allows for more efficient access to the items in the list. When accessing items in a list, the keyboard user must tab through the items in the list, using multiple keyboard keys, as well as the scroll bar. This is cumbersome and frustrating for the user who knows which item is needed, but is forced to make multiple entries on the keyboard in order to select that item.

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Access List Items by Ordinal Numbers

      Described is a new feature of List Control in a GUI (Graphical
User Interface) environment, which allows for more efficient access
to the items in the list.  When accessing items in a list, the
keyboard user must tab through the items in the list, using multiple
keyboard keys, as well as the scroll bar.  This is cumbersome and
frustrating for the user who knows which item is needed, but is
forced to make multiple entries on the keyboard in order to select
that item.

      To select (access) an item in a list, the user may use either
the mouse or the keyboard.  The mouse user may be forced to scroll to
the correct page, position the mouse pointer of the desired item,
then click on that item.  The keyboard user may be forced to scroll
to the correct page, press the appropriate arrow keys until the
desired item is highlighted, then press the ENTER key.  This process
can easily result in a lot of unnecessary keystrokes.  For example,
if the keyboard user wants to select the item in the fourth column of
the eighth row, the required keystrokes are as follows:

1.  Vertical scroll--to display rows 4 through 8.
2.  Down arrow--move to row 2, column 1.
3.  Down arrow--move to row 3, column 1.
4.  Down arrow--move to row 4, column 1.
5.  Right arrow--move to row 4, column 2.
6.  Right arrow--move to row 4, column 3.
7.  Right arrow--move to row 4, column 4.
8.  Enter.

      The new API (Application Programming Interface) described here
will enable the user to se...