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Pages User Interface for Novices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107160D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Current pages user interfaces are not obvious to novices and are not easy to remember, once learned.

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Pages User Interface for Novices

       Current pages user interfaces are not obvious to novices
and are not easy to remember, once learned.

      Pages user interfaces are provided in systems today. Current
pages user interfaces have some of the following shortcomings:
1.  Users can see the pages graphic, but do not understand that they
can interact with it using the mouse and keyboard.
2.  When users learn that they can use the mouse to click on page
corners to turn the pages, it is difficult for users to remember
which page corner is used to turn to the next or previous page.
3.  When users learn that they can use the keyboard to turn pages,
they are burdened with remembering what keys are used.

      It is important to address these problems, since the pages user
interface is being used pervasively in new user interface designs.

      In this invention, the pages user interface is extended by
adding graphics.  Graphic labels are added to each page corner.  The
graphic labels look like 3-D buttons but are shaped to resemble a
keyboard key.

      By providing the visual cue of buttons, novice users understand
that the mouse can select the page corners, with different page
corners giving different results.  One corner graphic is label "Page
up" and the other corner graphic is labeled "Page down".  Novice
users understand that the "Page up" key is used to scroll to the next
information in an application.  From this prior knowledge, novice
us...