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Complexity Control for Administration Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117060D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Herrick, TR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

In an administrative Graphical User Interface (GUI), as the underlying complexity of the technology becomes more and more complex, there is a much broader range of people who will need to use the same GUI in their daily jobs. Each of these individuals may have varying degrees of knowledge and requirements to know or understand the various complexities. Therefore, a method was needed that would allow either the user or an administrator of each user to control the complexity that will be shown to the user based upon some deterministic factor such as a role definition within an organization.

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Complexity Control for Administration Graphical User Interface

      In an administrative Graphical User Interface (GUI), as the
underlying complexity of the technology becomes more and more
complex, there is a much broader range of people who will need to use
the same GUI in their daily jobs.  Each of these individuals may have
varying degrees of knowledge and requirements to know or understand
the various complexities.  Therefore, a method was needed that would
allow either the user or an administrator of each user to control the
complexity that will be shown to the user based upon some
deterministic factor such as a role definition within an
organization.

      This disclosure addresses the handling of a predetermined set
of complexities varying along a continuum as well as the ability to
extend that set into any number of varying levels along that
continuum.

      In the case of the specific product that is being designed, a
set of predetermined roles already exist: User, 3 classes of
Operator, and Administrator.  These do indeed vary in complexity
along a continuum.  A mechanism is needed by which these roles can be
equated to how much of the complexities of the user interface are
shown.  It is possible to do the mapping of these levels as the
starting base set.

      Given a fixed number of role definitions is in the initial GUI,
the Administrator has the capability to define new roles that can
fall at any point along this spectrum, defining wh...