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Visual Date Navigation through Direct Manipulations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107899D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

King, CD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for enhancing user's date-navigation efficiency by creating a Visual Navigation Calendar to complement mostly used sequential date navigation method.

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Visual Date Navigation through Direct Manipulations

      Disclosed is a technique for enhancing user's date-navigation
efficiency by creating a Visual Navigation Calendar to complement
mostly used sequential date navigation method.

      The solution is to provide users with sequential date
navigation capability.  In addition, provide the following
enhancements:
      O    The FULL RANGE of most attributes of a date (i.e., day,
week and month) is displayed and identifiable on the navigation
calendar.  It is impossible, however, to display the full range of
years.
      O    To display the full range of days and weeks within a
selected month as well as the full range of month within a selected
year will enable users to perform visual date-navigation through
direct manipulations.

      In other words, the Visual Navigation Calendar will let the
user visually navigate to the day, week or month quickly at their
choices with a single pointing and clicking.

      The only exception of visual navigation is the YEAR attribute.
Users have to go through sequential changes of years.

      Users will notice the following benefits: a new form of
navigation calendar, the date-navigation is consistent through
different calendar views, improved date-navigation usability and
reduced worksteps in switching to a desired date.

      Disclosed anonymously.