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Graphical Notebook Control Tab Scroll Button Action Settings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109810D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brininstool, CD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes an extension to current graphical notebook controls. Currently, graphical notebook controls cannot always display the tabs of all the pages in the notebook. When this occurs, buttons are displayed that when clicked on, scroll through the notebook tabs one at a time. Thus if tabs A through J are displayed and the user presses the down tab scrolling button once, then tabs B through K will be shown. Scrolling one tab at a time can be frustrating to users since there is no easy way to scroll through several tabs. An example of this is the user would have to push the tab scrolling button fifteen more times to see the Z tab.

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Graphical Notebook Control Tab Scroll Button Action Settings

       This article describes an extension to current graphical
notebook controls. Currently, graphical notebook controls cannot
always display the tabs of all the pages in the notebook. When this
occurs, buttons are displayed that when clicked on, scroll through
the notebook tabs one at a time.  Thus if tabs A through J are
displayed and the user presses the down tab scrolling button once,
then tabs B through K will be shown.  Scrolling one tab at a time can
be frustrating to users since there is no easy way to scroll through
several tabs.  An example of this is the user would have to push the
tab scrolling button fifteen more times to see the Z tab.

      For the following, it is important for the reader to understand
that an application using a notebook control sets several options for
the notebook.  These options include, but are not limited to, tab
sizes, tab styles, which side tabs are located on, etc.

      It is also important to note that current art for applications
includes the use of a notebook control for user options or settings.
When creating each page of this notebook, the application must give
the notebook control a handle or reference to the graphical window
that is placed on the page.

      The proposed solution is to enhance the notebook control by
adding another option to it.  This new option would be the number of
tabs to scroll when one of the tab-scrolling buttons is pushed.  The
application can send a message to the notebook control to set this
integer value from one to the number of tabs in the notebook control.
If the application does not set the optional value, the default will
be a single tab.  For insta...