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Switches for Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116226D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cline, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This disclosure describes three new controls for graphical user interfaces. All three controls are software analogies of controls which are common in hardware interfaces.

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Switches for Graphical User Interfaces

      This disclosure describes three new controls for graphical user
interfaces.  All three controls are software analogies of controls
which are common in hardware interfaces.

      The first control disclosed is a toggle switch.  The switch has
three positions.  Users click with a mouse on either end or the
middle of the switch to change the setting.  The switch stays in the
position the user has set it to so that it provides a state
indication.  The toggle switch is illustrated in Fig. 1.

      The second control disclosed is a dial switch.  It consists of
a knob, a dial, and a pointer.  The user manipulates the control by
dragging the pointer with a mouse or by clicking on the arrows in the
center of the control.  The setting is indicated by the pointer
referencing a position on the dial.  There can be any number of
positions.  Tick marks and numbers can be added to the dial to
provide position references.  The dial may be adjustable continuously
or only to the tick marks.  The dial control can serve as both an
input control and an indicator.  For example, the user could set the
dial for a timed operation and the dial could move to indicate the
amount of time remaining before the operation completes.  The dial
control is illustrated in Fig. 2.

      The third control disclosed is a tri-state pushbutton.  This
pushbutton is rendered with shadowing to produce a third effect.  The
three states are v...