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Tabular Representation of Notebook Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108970D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 253K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coulombe, J: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method for presenting and interacting with two levels of information categorization within a notebook in a graphical windowing environment is disclosed. The presentations of the major and minor tabs within the notebook and in relation to each other, as well as when the tabs are visible to a user, are disclosed.

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Tabular Representation of Notebook Information

       A method for presenting and interacting with two levels
of information categorization within a notebook in a graphical
windowing environment is disclosed.  The presentations of the major
and minor tabs within the notebook and in relation to each other, as
well as when the tabs are visible to a user, are disclosed.

      In a graphical windowing environment, a notebook can be used to
allow a developer to group information together.  Each section of
information can be given a major tab allowing quick access to that
particular section.  Each section can be further subdivided into
other sections, each subsection being given a minor tab.  A user can
gain access to any major section by using the major tabs, and to any
subsection by using the visible minor tabs.

      To match with the real-world notebook metaphor the major tabs
in the notebook are placed on a side orthogonal to the binding of the
notebook.  This allows a user to tell, regardless of how many other
types of tabs are present, which tabs are considered to be the major
tabs representing the largest categorization in the notebook.

      Additionally, the minor tabs for a major section are added to
the side of the notebook adjacent to the side where the major tabs
are placed, to represent the minor tabs within the current major
tab's section (see Fig. 1).  For example, if the major tab that is
selected represents the year 1991, a user would...