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Direction-Apparent Spin Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112022D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A spin button allows a user to choose a value from a finite set of related but mutually exclusive values that have a natural sequence. The values in a spin button are displayed as if they were arranged in a ring. When a user presses the up arrow, the value displayed increases. When a user presses the down arrow, the value displayed decreases. However, during actual use, users frequently confuse the directional areas.

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Direction-Apparent Spin Control

      A spin button allows a user to choose a value from a finite set
of related but mutually exclusive values that have a natural
sequence.  The values in a spin button are displayed as if they were
arranged in a ring.  When a user presses the up arrow, the value
displayed increases.  When a user presses the down arrow, the value
displayed decreases.  However, during actual use, users frequently
confuse the directional areas.

      Techniques are disclosed to make subsequent results of using
the directional arrows of spin controls more apparent, thus making it
easier for users to determine the correct arrow to select to spin to
the desired value.  The appearance of the spin control changes
slightly to include, above and below the display area, the subsequent
values.  These values are displayed in a subdued, grayed font and are
in close proximity to their associated directional arrow (Figure).
By referencing these subsequent values, the user can quickly
determine the appropriate corresponding arrow to choose to spin to
the desired value.