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Architecture for a Graphical Navigation Aid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113124D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 136K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beer, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the mechanism to aid navigation within a system management graphical user interface. This mechanism provides a visual cue of previous actions that caused the display of a particular window.

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Architecture for a Graphical Navigation Aid

      Disclosed is the mechanism to aid navigation within a system
management graphical user interface.  This mechanism provides a
visual cue of previous actions that caused the display of a
particular window.

      In a typical graphical embodiment,  three icons of 24x24 pixels
icons are placed at the top left corner of a dialog window.  These
icons are used to remind users of the action that resulted in the
display of the window.  The left icon represents the source action.
The middle icon is an arrow that points to a destination icon.  The
source and destination icons can also be multiple icons when multiple
objects are dropped on multi-selected objects.  In this case, the
multiple icons will also be shown as source and/or destination.  See
the attached Figure for illustration.

      There are several advantages to this navigation aid.  Within a
graphical user interface, dialog windows are displayed as the result
of some drag and drop operations.  However, many times users may not
remember the action that caused the display of the dialog window.
This mechanism addresses this problem through the use of three icons.
As opposed to graphical browsers and trees used for navigation
purposes, the icons require minimum window space.  In addition, this
mechanism requires minimum user training.