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Slider Control for Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111531D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haynes, TR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Users of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) such as OS/2* 2.0 are accustomed to interacting with a variety of controls such as menus, entry fields, radio buttons, and notebooks. Another common GUI control is the slider (Fig. 1). A problem is that it only allows the user to choose one discrete point on a scale. Users would benefit from the ability to specify a richer range of semantic choices with the slider. An example of the sort of setting a user might like to use a slider to specify is: 'Include all items greater than 500 or less than 200'.

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Slider Control for Graphical User Interfaces

      Users of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) such as OS/2* 2.0 are
accustomed to interacting with a variety of controls such as menus,
entry fields, radio buttons, and notebooks.  Another common GUI
control is the slider (Fig. 1).  A problem is that it only allows the
user to choose one discrete point on a scale.  Users would benefit
from the ability to specify a richer range of semantic choices with
the slider.  An example of the sort of setting a user might like to
use a slider to specify is:  'Include all items greater than 500 or
less than 200'.

      This invention describes a more functional slider control that
allows the user to specify complex queries and settings.  Fig. 2
shows an example of the slider.  The slider has a comparison icon
template on either side.  The user can click once with the mouse
selection button (usually mouse button one) on an icon template to
bring up a context (pop-up) menu associated with the icon (as in the
right part of Fig. 2).

The five possible comparison icons are:

o   Greater than or equal

o   Greater than

o   Equal

o   Less than

o   Less than or equal

      Each icon has a 'hot spot'; for the equal icon, it is located
at the center of the icon, while for the other icons, it is located
at the right or left point of the icon.  The user drags one of these
icons from the menu (or from the icon template without opening the
menu) to a point on the control lin...