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Accordian Viewport Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116637D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique for displaying large groupings of information in a compact manner in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional approaches.

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Accordian Viewport Control

      Provided is a technique for displaying large groupings of
information in a compact manner in order to overcome deficiencies
with conventional approaches.

      The current art provides several techniques for displaying
large amounts of information that are grouped as follows:
  o  Tree views of containers
  o  Notebook control
  o  Card-file controls

The major problem with all of the current controls is that they all
require extra steps to manipulate (extra clicks to open information
into windows) or extra screen space to manage.

      The solution is to provide an "accordian-like" view of
information within a single viewport.  The control has the following
characteristics:
  o  Multiple selectable areas
  o  Each selectable area displays textual or other type of
      information
  o  Each selectable area partially overlaps other selectable areas
  o  When selected, an area expands to display a viewport with more
      information that can be scrolled if necessary
  o  When another area is selected, the currently displayed
      information "collapses" and a newly selectable area is
displayed

Furthermore, selection of an information area within the collapsable
viewports automatically moves the information into an "always viewed"
viewport.

An end user experiences the following benefits:
  o  New functionality
  o  Reduced worksteps to use
  o  Reduced screen space requirements
  o  Reduce...