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Methodology for Using Notebook Booktabs for the Hierarchical Display of Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109428D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method in which notebook "booktabs" can be used to provide information about and determine the contents of the "pages" in the booktab's section. The notebook control is normally used to subdivide and index information. Tabs provide a quick and easy handle for users to get to the beginning of a section in a notebook.

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Methodology for Using Notebook Booktabs for the Hierarchical Display of Information

      Disclosed is a method in which notebook "booktabs" can be used
to provide information about and determine the contents of the
"pages" in the booktab's section.  The notebook control is normally
used to subdivide and index information.  Tabs provide a quick and
easy handle for users to get to the beginning of a section in a
notebook.

      A perfect example of using a notebook lies in the structure of
a dictionary.  Each letter in the alphabet has a booktab.  When the
user turns to a booktab, the dictionary opens to the first page
containing words beginning with the booktab's letter.  (Some
dictionaries are structured differently.  They may have two letters
per booktab, but the one letter, one booktab structure is pertinent
here.)  However, looking at the first page does not tell the user how
many entries or pages there are in the section.  Booktabs that are
used in user interfaces can be extended to provide that information
to the user immediately when the user selects the booktab.

      For example, a user interface for database table definition
illustrates this concept.  This definition is divided into notebook
sections, and a booktab exists for the user to turn to the table's
primary key, foreign key, and index definitions.  Since a table can
have only one primary key, the primary key booktab will not have any
pages in its section after the first.  The forei...