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Multi-path Dialogs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110714D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scannell, P: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique that allows users to access standard operating system dialogs in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques.

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Multi-path Dialogs

      Provided is a technique that allows users to access standard
operating system dialogs in order to overcome deficiencies with
conventional techniques.

      Provide users with a way to easily access both the standard
operating system dialogs and to access new graphical and visual
dialogs in applications.
      - Provide application based dialogs that may be more usable
than conventional operating system dialogs.
      - Within the application dialog, provide icons that invoke
conventional native dialogs or expand improved visual dialogs.
      - The concept can be further expanded to allow expansion of any
dialog along multiple different directions, e.g., via toolbar, or
accessing parts of other dialogs, or other objects.
      - Selection of information in the expanded dialogs is used to
fill in parameters on the home dialog.
      - Alternative dialog display techniques are provided, e.g.,
telescoping prior windows or zooming down the window chain.

      An end user will experience the following benefits:
      - Improved ease of use.
      - Hiding of native system dialogs.
      - More screen space with smaller dialogs.
      - Reduced worksteps for specifying files or object names.

      Disclosed anonymously.