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Enclosed Field Prompts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107901D
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

Douglas, TB: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for more efficient prompting for action dialogs in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional approaches.

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Enclosed Field Prompts

      Provided is a technique for more efficient prompting for action
dialogs in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional
approaches.

      The solution is to provide users with conventional field types.
In addition, the user is provided with the following enhancements:
      -    Fields which allow "enclosed field prompts", i.e., field
prompts displayed within the enclosing field box.
      -    Small fonts of unobtrusive color for displaying field
prompts within the field box.
      -    Enclosed Field Prompts within fields that use shading
instead of enclosing field boxes.
      -    The capability of turning field prompts off until an
augmentation key is pressed, which then displays the prompt.
      -    Fields which allow field prompts in the field input area,
e.g., a faint grey prompt that a user would type over.
      -    Enclosed Field Prompts for different types of fields,
e.g., lists, drop downs, etc.

      The net result is that action dialogs appear more like real
world forms than computer artifacts.  Users would have a natural
model for action requests to the computer.

      Users will notice the following benefits: more natural dialog
presentation and interaction, reduced screen clutter, improved use of
screen space, improved prompting for fields, and improved usability.

      Disclosed anonymously.