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Two Pane Window for Dynamic Selection Path

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110433D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, GA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a new window style for graphical user interfaces. The window style consists of a window with two panes in which the user is allowed to interact. The contents can be textual or iconic.

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Two Pane Window for Dynamic Selection Path

      Disclosed is a new window style for graphical user interfaces.
The window style consists of a window with two panes in which the
user is allowed to interact.  The contents can be textual or iconic.

      In a typical textual embodiment, menu titles are displayed in
the upper window pane, and a complete menu is displayed in the lower
pane.  In the upper window pane, a record is kept of what menus the
user previously selected.  The contents of this window pane grow
dynamically each time the user selects another menu.  As the user
progresses to the next menu, the title of the menu is placed in the
upper pane.  This displays the path of the menu hierarchy that was
just traveled.  At the same time, the menu that the user selected is
displayed in the lower pane.  (See the attached figure for
illustration.)

      The user can make a selection either from the upper pane or the
lower pane.  To re-visit menus previously selected, the user selects
from the menu titles in the upper pane.  Otherwise, the user selects
an option from the menu on the lower pane and progresses to the next
menu or dialog.

      There are several advantages to this window style.  In
menu-based interfaces, the user is presented with a list of choices
on a menu.  The user selects from these choices and traverses through
the menu hierarchy to the desired end point.  Often times, the user
gets lost, ends up in a different place than w...