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Catalog Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113402D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 322K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bardon, DD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is disclosed in which a catalog control organizes sections of information, but more elegantly and completely supports vast amounts of information in many levels, and provides a believable environment for three dimensional controls.

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Catalog Control

      A method is disclosed in which a catalog control organizes
sections of information, but more elegantly and completely supports
vast amounts of information in many levels, and provides a believable
environment for three dimensional controls.

      The catalog is a customized metaphor specifically designed for
this problem.  It provides a scrollable list on the left, and the
corresponding information is displayed on the right.  (Other
orientations would be possible for various cultural requirements.)

      Instead of tabs, the catalog uses an index metaphor to display
the sections of information.  By indenting, the catalog can support
first, second,  and third level information easily, and even fourth
or fifth level information if necessary.  In this metaphor, users are
able to view and access subsections of information directly instead
of first selecting the primary section and then selecting the
secondary section once it is displayed, as with the notebook
interaction.

      This presentation also more clearly represents the relationship
between primary and secondary information than the notebook control.
In the notebook, the user has to learn that one side of the notebook
is primary and the other secondary.  There are no other visual clues.
The catalog builds on historical and well understood information
design techniques and, therefore, doesn't tax the user's memory to
retain which side is which.

      Also building on we...