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Saving and Restoring Graphic Interface User Interface Settings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116339D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Englefield, PJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

In order to be readily usable by users with widely differing experience, software applications which have a graphical user interface need an intuitive method to enable users to save and restore settings.

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Saving and Restoring Graphic Interface User Interface Settings

      In order to be readily usable by users with widely differing
experience, software applications which have a graphical user
interface need an intuitive method to enable users to save and
restore settings.

      In accordance with the disclosed method, the screen is arranged
to display:
  o  Data and other controls required by the application itself
  o  A graphic object representing a pad of yellow post-it labels and
      a pencil
  o  Graphic objects to represent a set of individual yellow
post-its.
      Each post-it is labelled with a description of a selectable
      setting.  The labelling is drawn in an emphasised font, such as
      blue italic, that suggests handwriting.

      To save settings, the user uses a pointing device, such as a
mouse, to select a post-it from the pad.  The application then
prompts the user to enter a description of the saved settings and add
the post-it to the other labelled post-its on the screen.  In certain
applications, it may be more appropriate to drag the new post-it to a
screen control associated with the settings to be saved.

      To restore settings, the user selects one of the labelled
post-its.  In certain applications, it may be more appropriate to
drag the post-it to a screen control associated with the settings to
be restored.

      The Figure illustrates an application that enables the user to
create ch...