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Direct Manipulation Control for Graphic Selection within a Dialog

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115183D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for making a single selectio n out of a graphic list of many options. Unique is the ability to always view the current selection and the separation between the current selection and possible alternative values.

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Direct Manipulation Control for Graphic Selection within a Dialog

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for making a single
selectio n out of a graphic list of many options.  Unique is the
ability to always view the current selection and the separation
between the current selection and possible alternative values.

      In a graphical user interface it is often necessary to select
one object from a list of objects.  When the list of possible choices
is large, it may not be possible to view all of them at once.  In
this case, a mechanism is needed to graphically show the current
choice and also allow selection from all available choices.

      The control which has been invented graphically shows the
current selection from a list of graphic objects.  The control
consists of an area for the current selection next to a vertically
scrolled graphic list of alternate selections (Figure).  When an item
is selected from the list of alternates, it replaces the item in the
current selection area and the previous selected item becomes an
alternate.  If desired, a grayed out or selected version of the
currently selected icon can appear in the list of alternates.

      This control has several benefits.  The use of graphics
facilitates the selection of objects based on type more than would
text without graphics.  The control takes a minimal amount of space,
hiding some of the possible choices, but allowing the current
selection always to be visible....