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About This Screen Help

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107953D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided are techniques for giving visual help information on the layout of end-user screens in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional approaches.

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About This Screen Help

       Provided are techniques for giving visual help
information on the layout of end-user screens in order to overcome
deficiencies with conventional approaches.

      The objective is to provide users with conventional forms of
help and, in addition, to provide the following enhancements:
      o    "About this screen" is provided as a Help selection.
      o    Selection of this choice results in presenting information
about the visible portion of the screen.
      o    Graphics point to each portion of the screen to highlight
important features and controls.
      o    Textual information is attached to the graphics to explain
the entity being pointed at.
      o    Textual information is supplemented by other information,
e.g., multimedia, hypermedia, etc.
      o    Additional information can be requested on each entity by
requesting more help.

      Users will notice the following benefits: a new form of Help, a
"big picture" overview on the nature of individual screens, quick
access to more help for specific components of the screen, quick
access to more help for specific interaction techniques, improved
usability, and reduced worksteps in locating desired information.