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Method for Tab Movement Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105904D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hoose, RH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a method for customizing tab movement in a computer interface.

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Method for Tab Movement Management

      Provided is a method for customizing tab movement in a computer
interface.

      Often, situations arise where using a tab key between entry
fields on a computer interface becomes unnecessarily slow because the
fields being tabbed to are not in a preferable order.  Extra tab keys
must be entered in order to get to the field(s) of interest.  In many
situations, tab keys are convenient to use over a mouse because one
key press will take the cursor to the next entry field no matter how
far away the entry field is.  A mouse movement requires excess user
interaction particularly when the next field is very far away from
the former field.  A method for optimizing tab movement in an
interface is desirable.

      This article allows defining the order of tab sequences and
assigning the defined sequence to a name.  A list of named sequences
can be maintained, thereby supporting instant switching to various
modes of tab sequence.  The user defines tab sequences by entering a
mode for tracking a particular sequence.  The user can then navigate
using desired peripherals to desired tabbed fields.  The user places
a character in fields which indicates the order by which the system
should use for tabbing.  For example, consider a system where twenty
entry fields are present on a display.  The user only needs to enter
five fields on the display, 99% of the time.  Unfortunately, the user
usually presses twelve tab keys to accomplish entering five fields
because defaults which show up on the screen are acceptable.  The
user is allowed to place the number one at the first desired tab
field, the number two at the second desired tab field and continue
numbering the desired tab fields with an order number.  After
entering an order number for all fields which partake in the desired
tabbing scheme, the user saves the sequence to a name which can be
referenced at any time.  Associated is the named tab sequence with
the objects which are present on the display.  A user can invoke the
current mode for a particular named seq...