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Notebook Display Depending on Operating System Release

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114021D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for consistently displaying a notebook, regardless of the operating system version being used. The binding used on the notebook control changed appearance from one release of the operating system to the next. The solid binding is used on the settings notebook of the objects provided with the older version; the spiral binding is used on the settings notebook of the objects provided with the newer version. This presents a dilemma for an application being developed that is designed to run on both versions of the operating system.

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Notebook Display Depending on Operating System Release

      Disclosed is a method for consistently displaying a notebook,
regardless of the operating system version being used.  The binding
used on the notebook control changed appearance from one release of
the operating system to the next.  The solid binding is used on the
settings notebook of the objects provided with the older version; the
spiral binding is used on the settings notebook of the objects
provided with the newer version.  This presents a dilemma for an
application being developed that is designed to run on both versions
of the operating system.

      The application could use the solid binding for notebook
controls on both releases, but this would make the application seem
outdated on the newer version of the operating system.  The
application could use the spiral binding for notebook controls on
both releases, but this binding would look out of place on the older
version of the operating system.  This application is striving to
present an interface that is consistent with the base operating
system, because a consistent interface develops familiarity with the
user.  The user can also become more productive when the application
interface is consistent and familiar.

      The solution of this dilemma is to display the notebook binding
in a particular way, depending on the operating system.  That is, use
the solid binding on the older version and the spiral binding on the
newer version. ...