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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116553D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Deridder, M: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Object Oriented User Interfaces (UIs) are becoming commonplace with the advent of OS/2*2.X. UIs are constructed of groups of objects that represent visualizations of groups of data (i.e., alias definitions) or physical entities (i.e., users or servers). Associated with each of these objects is a settings notebook that contains the information that defines the object. When a new object is created, the object information is entered into the settings notebook pages to define the object to the UI. The problem is that all information represented in the settings notebook is is not required to create an object. There are only certain fields in the notebook that are required to create the new object. All others have default values or are not required for the object to be created.

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      Object Oriented User Interfaces (UIs) are becoming commonplace
with the advent of OS/2*2.X.  UIs are constructed of groups of
objects
that represent visualizations of groups of data (i.e., alias
definitions)
or physical entities (i.e., users or servers).  Associated with each
of
these objects is a settings notebook that contains the information
that
defines the object.  When a new object is created, the object
information
is entered into the settings notebook pages to define the object to
the
UI.  The problem is that all information represented in the settings
notebook is is not required to create an object.  There are only
certain
fields in the notebook that are required to create the new object.
All
others have default values or are not required for the object to be
created.

      There needs to be a way to let the user of a UI know what data
is required to create an object and which are not.  This indication
will identify for the user information that must be entered to create
an object of that type.  Without this indication, the user would have
to always enter all data, or selectively enter information, press the
create button, and see if a required entry error message is
displayed.  If one is, go back and try entering additional
information
and press create again.  Still an error?  Go back and try again.

      Indicating which fields are required entry greatly enhance the
usability of a UI since the user i...