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Multiple-Position Pushbutton Metaphor for Graphical Desktop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110857D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users click on pushbutton controls in order to select or deselect certain functions. For example, a user might click on a certain pushbutton in order to activate a multimedia presentation. When the user clicks on the button again, the presentation might terminate or pause. Pushbuttons are quite useful when the choice of function is simple, such as on and off, stop and go, or pause and continue. However, users need a similar graphical interface to control applications where the choice of functions is more complex. For example, the user might have a choice of playing the presentation at different speeds, such as 25%, 50%, or 75% of full speed. Radio buttons can provide the user interface in this situation, but at the expense of valuable screen real estate. The more choices there are, the more radio buttons are needed.

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Multiple-Position Pushbutton Metaphor for Graphical Desktop

      Users click on pushbutton controls in order to select or
deselect certain functions.  For example, a user might click on a
certain pushbutton in order to activate a multimedia presentation.
When the user clicks on the button again, the presentation might
terminate or pause.  Pushbuttons are quite useful when the choice of
function is simple, such as on and off, stop and go, or pause and
continue.  However, users need a similar graphical interface to
control applications where the choice of functions is more complex.
For example, the user might have a choice of playing the presentation
at different speeds, such as 25%, 50%, or 75% of full speed.  Radio
buttons can provide the user interface in this situation, but at the
expense of valuable screen real estate.  The more choices there are,
the more radio buttons are needed.  The user needs the multi-level
function of radio buttons compressed into a single iconical control.

      Provided is a user friendly Multi-Position Pushbutton (MP)
control that enables the user to control a broad range of functions
with a single iconical interface.  The MP resembles a conventional
pushbutton, but it offers more flexibility of function, providing a
metaphor of a multiple-position pushbutton.  The user can click on
the MP the first time to activate the first level (or depth) of
function, the second click activates the second level of function,
etc.  The MP continually provides visual feedback to the user of the
current level of activation.  Continuing with the above example, the
user would click once on the MP to start the video (level 1), then on
each successive click, the speed of the presentation would in...