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Using Dialog Controls as Elements in a Scrollable List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111202D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rauch, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for grouping controls is necessary when a user is confronted with several options for configuring an object (such as a communications session), and where the number of such objects is highly variable. The solution is to treat the control set as a scrollable list. The object attributes are edited in the context of the object selection list. This eliminates the number of dialogs, and allows the user to edit several objects without frequent dialog box changes.

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Using Dialog Controls as Elements in a Scrollable List

      A method for grouping controls is necessary when a user is
confronted with several options for configuring an object (such as a
communications session), and where the number of such objects is
highly variable.  The solution is to treat the control set as a
scrollable list.  The object attributes are edited in the context of
the object selection list.  This eliminates the number of dialogs,
and allows the user to edit several objects without frequent dialog
box changes.

      A spreadsheet or table approach would work for many such
instances, provided that the attributes were editable as simple text.
For a general solution for a varying set of controls using dialog
controls as elements in a scrollable list is necessary to reduce the
number of dialogs and dialog box changes.