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Method for Mouse-Operated Ordered Group Boundary Transposition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105510D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barrett, GV: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A methodology is described which reduces user interaction (i.e., mouse movement and/or keyboard interaction), enriches the File

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Method for Mouse-Operated Ordered Group Boundary Transposition

      A methodology is described which reduces user interaction
(i.e., mouse movement and/or keyboard interaction), enriches the File

Open dialog box, and allows the user to quickly relocate to either
the top or bottom of a list box.

      In a window based graphical user interface for an operating
system, the File Open dialog box is one of the most common dialog
boxes a user will encounter.  In order to supply a file
specification, the user must select a drive, directory, and file name
in order for the filename to be fully qualified.  Whether two list
boxes are used to list the valid directories and files, or one list
box is used to list both, a user will scroll through the list box(es)
in search of the correct directory and file entries.

A directory may contain hundreds of files.  Two situations frequently
occur:

1.  A user knows that the target file is near the bottom of the list
    box of files, but nevertheless, must scroll through (dragging the
    mouse) the hundreds of files in the list box in order to get to
    the desired file.
2.  After a user has scrolled through an entire list of files and
    determines that the required file cannot be found and was perhaps
    back near the top of the list box, the user must scroll back up
    the list box (dragging the mouse), through hundreds of files, in
    search of the file.

      Either situation creates a burden on the user because time is
spent controlling mouse cursor movement, manipulating a scroll bar
control, and then selecting the correct list box entry.  Furthermore,
extra scrolling takes up machine cycles which could be used elsewhere
otherwise.  While there are keyboard keys that allow the user to
relocate to either the top or bottom of the list box (i.e., HOME and
END, respectively), if the developer chooses to implement the keys,
there are no corresponding mouse operated controls.

      The preferred embodiment is a dialog box control that allows
direct mouse manipulation of the file list box, from the cu...