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Combobox Panel Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111716D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

The IBM Presentation Manager* Combobox control's inherent characteristic is to save real estate and provide for pre-canned selections via a dropdown list box. The function is very specific, and therefore, limits the interface for this type of real estate savings.

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Combobox Panel Control

      The IBM Presentation Manager* Combobox control's inherent
characteristic is to save real estate and provide for pre-canned
selections via a dropdown list box.  The function is very specific,
and therefore, limits the interface for this type of real estate
savings.

      For Software Library management, the IBM PM Combobox is an
excellent choice for entry field savings with pre-canned selections,
but the entry information is dependent on configuration parameters
which can be changed to envoke pre-canned commands with different
databases.  Currently, a dialogbox would have to be displayed to
acquire the configuration information which would use more real
estate.  The proposed Combobox Panel control is shown in the Figure.

      The difference in function is the dropdown.  The dropdown can
be any dialogbox the user creates for information.  In the Figure,
the dropdown provides a list box as did the combobox, and also the
ability to change the database access information via additional
controls.  The characteristic is to save real estate and reduce panel
level complexity.  The intrinsic value of providing setting
information in a dropdown is more comfortable to the user when linked
closer to the control via a dropdown.  The clues are more apparent
for what the configuration information applies to.

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.