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On-line Desktop Address Book and Auto Dialer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109078D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 160K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes the user interface for a software function that allows users to quickly and easily look up addresses and phone numbers. Once the user finds the phone number, the user can enter a single keystroke to dial the phone number. This article takes the familiar concept of a desktop address book, such as a Rolodex*, and applies it to a computer.

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On-line Desktop Address Book and Auto Dialer

       This article describes the user interface for a software
function that allows users to quickly and easily look up addresses
and phone numbers.  Once the user finds the phone number, the user
can enter a single keystroke to dial the phone number.  This article
takes the familiar concept of a desktop address book, such as a
Rolodex*, and applies it to a computer.

      Figs. 1 and 2 show an example of the on-line desktop address
book and auto-dialer implementation in an application running on
IBM's Presentation Manager** Common User Access** Workplace Model.
The user accesses the on-line desktop address book by selecting the
desktop address book icon on the computer screen.  When the user
selects the desktop address book icon, the on-line desktop address
book software application window appears.  This window is shown in
Fig. 1.  The window contains a drawing of the familiar desktop
address book.  The drawing includes 24 alphabetic name tabs (one tab
for each letter from A to W, one tab for XYZ).  The window also
includes a "Cancel" pushbutton which removes the on-line desktop
address book window and a "Help" pushbutton which presents on-line
assistance.

      To go to a specific alphabetic name tag, the user selects that
tab.  As shown in Fig. 2, this action causes the first name card
under that letter to appear on the screen.  The name card includes
the person's name, address, and telephone numbers.  A simple editor
allows the user to make changes to a name card.  For example, to add
a line, the user presses the "Enter" key.  To delete a line, the user
presses the "Delete" key until all characters on that line are
deleted.  To see more lines, the user presses the cursor up and down
arrow keys or the "Tab" key.

      To allow each name to have several telephone numbers, the
telephone numbers are listed in a scrollable list.  To allow for very
long, international telephone numbers, the "Telephone Number" section
of the list can be scrolled horizontally for 25 characters.  To allo...