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Presentation Angles: Turning On, Off Elements or Changing Space by Louvers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111381D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is presented to allow a user to change which user interface elements are presented or hidden, through the use of louvers.

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Presentation Angles:  Turning On, Off Elements or Changing Space
by Louvers

      A method is presented to allow a user to change which user
interface elements are presented or hidden, through the use of
louvers.

      This solution hinges on the user's paradigm of a louvered
blind.  A user can turn the blinds so that the individual slats are
pointed directly horizontal, which makes them appear to be removed
from sight.  Alternatively, a user can turn the blinds so that the
individual slats are pointed directly vertical, which makes them
appear full size.  The advantage to the louver blinds is that a user
can turn them partially to one side, to determine how much of the
blind they will see, and what the blind as a whole will look like
immediately.

      This concept was directly applied to the user-interface
elements.  A traditional scroll bar may be considered to be at almost
full vertical orientation.  However, users of touch systems or pen
systems may wish to see the full vertical orientation, which will
make the control easy to see and use.  Conversely, if a user utilizes
a system with the mouse or voice, and has no need for the menu bar,
the user should be able to turn its louver completely vertical and
see it disappear.

      In order to make this work, an additional control is added to
the corners of the elements that can rotate, and when a user chooses
it, a pop-up control appears under the mouse pointer.  If a user
drives towards the cent...