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Multiline Text Entry from a Combo Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107898D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baber, RL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The most convenient way to respond to a request for an RSVP to a meeting notice is to select from predefined responses. The combo box control is ideal for this type of entry, since it requires no typing. It may occur, however, that the user does not want to use any of the responses supplied, writing instead a personal note to the meeting organizer. The problem is meeting both these requirements with a single control.

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Multiline Text Entry from a Combo Box

      The most convenient way to respond to a request for an RSVP to
a meeting notice is to select from predefined responses. The combo
box control is ideal for this type of entry, since it requires no
typing.  It may occur, however, that the user does not want to use
any of the responses supplied, writing instead a personal note to the
meeting organizer.  The problem is meeting both these requirements
with a single control.

      The solution is to supply a selection from the combo box called
'Other'.  When this item is selected it behaves differently from the
other list items.  It causes a small text editor to be opened for
user input.  When this text is saved, the first line is displayed in
the combo box as an indication that a personal reply has been
entered.

      Disclosed anonymously.