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Extended List Boxes for Data Resolution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110529D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Martinez, AE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often items contained in a list box can be resolved down to more detailed components. The prior art is a lacking single control that allows a user to make a selection in a list box and then have access to yet more information associated with the selection. In the new control described, list box selections followed by an arrow indicate that marking that item will result in an Extended List Box. The implementation described can be used with any PM List Box. This new control also follows all CUA* standards.

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Extended List Boxes for Data Resolution

       Often items contained in a list box can be resolved down
to more detailed components.  The prior art is a lacking single
control that allows a user to make a selection in a list box and then
have access to yet more information associated with the selection.
In the new control described, list box selections followed by an
arrow indicate that marking that item will result in an Extended List
Box.  The implementation described can be used with any PM List Box.
This new control also follows all CUA* standards.

      An illustrative example of the invention will further explain
the principles of this new control.  A consulting company sells
education classes at different locations within the US.  A person may
call the company administrator asking to set up a large meeting at
one of the company sites.  The administrator arranging the meeting
will need to efficiently enter into the computer which location and
room is to be reserved.  Neither the administrator nor the person
calling may know all of the possible locations for a class. By the
use of an Extended List Box, they need not have any knowledge of the
possible locations.

      The user interface that this control creates is depicted in
Figs. 1-3.  Fig. 1 shows the Extended List Box in its initial phase;
it looks like a common list box.  The only exceptions are the arrows
shown on the right side of the text.  When the user double clicks on
an item with an...