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Enhancing List Selection Techniques to Maximize User Friendliness

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115957D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 103K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

DeRidder, ML: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is an extension to the multiple select list that allows the user to have the primary functional addition of extended select lists without having the depth of knowledge required to use the full extended select functionality. This extension to multiple select lists improves the usability of multiple select lists over extended select lists for all but the most experienced users.

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Enhancing List Selection Techniques to Maximize User Friendliness

      Disclosed is an extension to the multiple select list that
allows the user to have the primary functional addition of extended
select lists without having the depth of knowledge required to use
the full extended select functionality.  This extension to multiple
select lists improves the usability of multiple select lists over
extended select lists for all but the most experienced users.

      The Common User Access* (CUA) standards, as they relate
to the OS/2* Presentation Manager* (PM) graphical user interface
applications, describe three types of selection techniques possible
for selecting items in a list box.  These three techniques are single
select, multiple select and extended select:
  o  Single select lists allow only one item to be selected at any
      time.  When the user selects a new item, the previously
selected
      item is automatically deselected.
  o  Multiple select lists allow the user to have more than one item
      selected at any time.  Each list item can be independently
      selected or deselected without affecting the selection state of
      any other list items in the list.
  o  Extended select lists also allow the user to have more than one
      item selected at any time.  However, extended select lists
      provide a much more extensive array of means to select and
      deselect the list items.

      Extended selection is the recommended list selection type for
lists that allow more than one selected item.  However, while
extended select lists are certainly more powerful than multiple
select lists, unless the user is knowledgeable in the extended
selection techniques he or she can become quite frustrated.  The main
drawback in extended select lists is that unless an augmentation key
such as Shift or Ctrl is held down when a selection is made, all
other selected items in the list are deselected, just like in a
single select list.  Since single select and multiple select lists do
not require augmentation keys, inexperienced users may experience
difficulties with extended select lists.

      While extended select lists provide a wide array of selection
capabilities to the user, one usability increase of extended select
lists that most users will use is the ability to use swipe-select to
select a range of list items all at once.  Swipe-select consists of
clicking on a list item with the mouse, and while holding the mouse
button down, moving the mouse through the list.  All list items the
mouse moves over until the mouse button is released will also be
selected.  This makes it very easy for the user to select a
contiguous range of list items in one action.  However, as explained
above, when the user first cli...