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Scrolling of Notebook Tabs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108497D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 155K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for allowing a user to scroll tabs on a notebook's edge is disclosed. This allows users and developers of a computerized notebook to have as many tabs as they need in the notebook, while still allowing a user to resize the notebook and see any tabs that are not currently visible.

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Scrolling of Notebook Tabs

       A method for allowing a user to scroll tabs on a
notebook's edge is disclosed.  This allows users and developers of a
computerized notebook to have as many tabs as they need in the
notebook, while still allowing a user to resize the notebook and see
any tabs that are not currently visible.

      In a graphical windowing environment, a notebook can be used
which will allow a developer to group information together.  Each
section of information can be given a tab to allow a user quick
access to that particular section.  In many cases, the level of
decomposition necessary for a user will create many tabs in the
notebook.  A user can be given more tabs than will visually fit along
the notebook's edge and can resize a notebook such that the tabs no
longer fit.  This article addresses how a user can gain access to all
tabs in a notebook, even if not all tabs can be seen at any one
time.

      The solution is to add a scroll tab to both sides of the edge
where the tabs are not all visible.  For example, if on the bottom
edge of a notebook there are seven tabs to be shown and only four
will fit, a scroll tab will be added at the left side of the
left-most visible tab and at the right side of the right-most visible
tab (see Fig. 1). These scroll tabs are attached at the back of the
notebook and look like small tabs.  The scroll tabs can either
indicate that there are tabs not visible in that direction, or can
indicate that ther...