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Three-Dimensional Selection Widget

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114935D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cline, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The selection widgets currently available in Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) (list boxes, spin buttons, groups of check boxes, etc.) take up too much screen real estate, are not related to controls people are familiar with outside of GUIs, and are not visually attractive.

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Three-Dimensional Selection Widget

      The selection widgets currently available in Graphical User
Interfaces (GUIs) (list boxes, spin buttons, groups of check boxes,
etc.) take up too much screen real estate, are not related to
controls people are familiar with outside of GUIs, and are not
visually attractive.

      The present invention is a three-dimensional selection widget.
The choices are represented as a text field with a curved, 3-d
appearance.  This suggests to the user that the choices are on a
cylinder which can be rotated to reveal additional choices.  This
cylinder can be rotated in either direction by dragging across the
cylinder providing a spinning motion, or by clicking the mouse at the
upper or lower part of the cylinder.  A serrated edge may be provided
to give a visual indication that the cylinder can be grabbed and
rotated.  Arrows could also be provide next to the cylinder for the
user to click on to rotate the cylinder.

      Alternatives:  Similar function can be provided using currently
available widgets such as a list box, a spin button, or a group of
check boxes.  Advantages of the present invention over these widgets
is that it takes up less screen real estate, its operation is more
intuitive for the user, and it is more visually appealing.