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Selectable Dynamic Drop-Down List Boxes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117083D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ellis, M: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a type of control, namely Dynamic Drop-down List Boxes (DDLBs). Used in groups, these DDLBs provide a new type of user interface control which supports users in the rapid selection of choices from several hierarchical lists. User selections are then remembered, and facilities provided to easily return to a previous choice.

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Selectable Dynamic Drop-Down List Boxes

      Disclosed is a type of control, namely Dynamic Drop-down List
Boxes (DDLBs).  Used in groups, these DDLBs provide a new type of
user interface control which supports users in the rapid selection of
choices from several hierarchical lists.  User selections are then
remembered, and facilities provided to easily return to a previous
choice.

      Fig. 1 shows three grouped DDLBs each comprising of two main
components, namely a drop-down list box and a graphic push button.
Each DDLB corresponds to a top level grouping (or top most
hierarchical menu), while the contents of the list box represent the
available choices for that level.  The current choice for a specific
grouping is always displayed in the list box, and this choice may be
changed in the usual way by clicking on the appropriate drop-down
control.  The push button allows users to select which DDLB, or
grouping, is currently active.  To this extent, graphic rendering is
provided so that each DDLB has two states: selected, and unselected -
Fig. 1 shows the 'Form:' DDLB selected, with the other DDLB's
unselected.  A DDLB group must have at most one active DDLB at a
time.  In the example given, an individual icon is placed in each
DDLB button, however, text titles such as 'Work sheets', 'Forms', and
'Charts' could also be used by themselves.  We now consider the
behavior of a group of DDLB's as shown in Fig. 2 (a - e).

      Using the previous example, a user first selects the drop-down
list box associated with the Wor...