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Direct Manipulation Control for Graphic List Dialogs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113864D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, GA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for graphic list dialogs that allows the systems administrator to graphically select a value for a paramenter. This control allows for dynamic adaptive expansion of a dialog.

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Direct Manipulation Control for Graphic List Dialogs

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for graphic list
dialogs that allows the systems administrator to graphically select a
value for a paramenter.  This control allows for dynamic adaptive
expansion of a dialog.

      Within a graphical user interface systems administrators need
to tailor the creation of objects based on specific parameter values.
Providing for all combinations of possible dialogs based on values of
paramters makes the dialog very complicated.  This direct
manipulation control allows the systems administrator to graphically
select a value for a parameter.  Based on the value selected the
dialog expands to include only the parameters needed.

      This control is a vertically scrollable area containing icons
representing the possible values for a parameter.  When an icon is
selected, the dialog expands to provide the next parameter set based
on the selection.  If the person goes back and clicks on a different
value in the original control, the dialog expansion is changed
accordingly.

      This control is unique in that it combines the graphic
selection with the dynamic adaptive expansion of the dialog.  This
helps to promote ease of use in an interface which requires
specifying a wide variety of parameters and values.  The graphic
representation representation provides for a recognition driven
selection model, and the dynamic adaptive expansion allows the user
to onl...