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Architecture for a Dynamic Information Area Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113853D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beer, J: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is the general structure for a standard user interface control, the Dynamic Information Area, to be used in a family of graphical user interface applications to contain and display in an easy-to-use manner the description and directions for use of the interface and objects within the interface. When the application is opened, the Actions area is also opened and the Dynamic Information Area control is activated. As the user moves the cursor across objects, actions, and screen components, this area displays text dynamically. If the cursor is pointing to a screen component, the text describes this area of the screen. When the pointer is on an object, the Information Area contains information about the specific object, e.g., the object label, and often more details about the object and how to interact with it.

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Architecture for a Dynamic Information Area Control

      Disclosed is the general structure for a standard user
interface control, the Dynamic Information Area, to be used in a
family of graphical user interface applications to contain and
display in an easy-to-use manner the description and directions for
use of the interface and objects within the interface.  When the
application is opened, the Actions area is also opened and the
Dynamic Information Area control is activated.  As the user moves the
cursor across objects, actions, and screen components, this area
displays text dynamically.  If the cursor is pointing to a screen
component, the text describes this area of the screen.  When the
pointer is on an object, the Information Area contains information
about the specific object, e.g., the object label, and often more
details about the object and how to interact with it.  During drag
operations the area changes dynamically to indicate valid drop sites
for the object.  See the Figure for an example Information Area.

      The Dynamic Information Area control has two components: the
title bar area and the information area.  The title bar area is a
standard area containing the "Information Area" label and an Area
Control button.  The Dynamic Information Area is a standard control
which controls the display of the textual information for various
parts of the interface.

      The information area inside the Dynamic Information Area is
architected to be a non-scrollable area.  The amount of information
that can be shown is governed by the size and width of the font used
for the information.  The area mainta...