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Automatic Drop Down List or Combination Boxes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110327D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to present drop-down list or drop-down combination boxes that automatically reveal their contents without required user interaction.

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Automatic Drop Down List or Combination Boxes

       Disclosed is a technique to present drop-down list or
drop-down combination boxes that automatically reveal their contents
without required user interaction.

      Drop-down lists and combination boxes are prescribed when
screen space is limited and the choice or object is changed
infrequently.  The conventional approach in presenting drop-down
lists or combination boxes is to display only one item until the user
takes an explicit action to display the other choices in the list.
Typically, the user must click on a Down arrow icon to the right of
the entry field to display other choices.  For fields that are rarely
changed, this technique may be satisfactory, but for fields that
require frequent updating and interaction, this extra step can become
unnecessarily burdensome.

      The disclosed technique would enable the display of the
drop-down lists to be automatic.  The user would not be required to
take an extra step (clicking on the Down arrow) to display the list
of available choices.  As the user moves the cursor to the field
containing the drop-down list or combination box (through cursor
movement keys or by double-clicking), the list would automatically
drop down.  If the user moves the cursor out of the field, the list
once again goes away.