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Shape of a Dual State Pushbutton

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109436D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ashton, DP: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a graphical user interface for a workstation application, Dual State pushbutton is a device that allows the user to select one of two possibilities which could not occur at the same time. The design of such a graphical device is the topic of many studies. The ideal device sought after is one that is most intuitive to most users.

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Shape of a Dual State Pushbutton

      In a graphical user interface for a workstation application,
Dual State pushbutton is a device that allows the user to select one
of two possibilities which could not occur at the same time.  The
design of such a graphical device is the topic of many studies.  The
ideal device sought after is one that is most intuitive to most
users.

      The disclosed invention is a design by which the user will be
able to easily distinguish between the different states of the Dual
State pushbutton or a toggle switch. The components of the device
are:
1.  The shape - Designed such that it resembles a hinge
2.  The name of the state printed below the shape in small font
3.  The name of the state printed inside the side which is currently
activated in a larger font.
4.  Color highlighting - to indicate the selected side- user
selected.
5.  Linear highlighting - Necessary when color blindness prevents all
of the users to note the color highlighting.

      Upon selection of one state or another, the opposite side
becomes blanked out (see Fig. 1 and 2).

      Disclosed anonymously.