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Choice Slider

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116864D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

There is often a need in software user interfaces to present a list with varying (often large) numbers of choices. Presenting the entire list of choices at one time is not feasible if the number is large or if the number of choices varies so that the programmer does not know how much room to reserve in a dialog.

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Choice Slider

      There is often a need in software user interfaces to present a
list with varying (often large) numbers of choices.  Presenting the
entire list of choices at one time is not feasible if the number is
large or if the number of choices varies so that the programmer does
not know how much room to reserve in a dialog.

      The present invention is a control consisting of a slider and
associated text field.  The text field presents one choice at a time
from a list.  The user moves the thumb of the slider to select which
item from the list is displayed in the text field.  The size of the
thumb on the slider provides cues as to the length of the list (the
larger the thumb, the shorter the list) and the position of the thumb
shows the position of the displayed item within the list.

      Advantages of this new choice control over a spin box is that
it provides the user with feedback as to the position they are at
within the list and allows the user to more quickly advance to the
desired position in the list.  The advantages of the choice slider
over a scrolling list are that it takes up less room on a dialog and
it allows a larger slider to be used giving the user more control (in
scrolling lists the slider is only as long as the vertical height of
the list while the choice slider places the slider control
horizontally
and allows its size to be independent of the list size).