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Rollbars - Extensible Control for Managing User Interface Window Areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117322D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 249K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fox, VJ: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

A new end user interface control is described for managing the physical screen 'real estate' in modern graphical user interfaces. This interface places users in direct control of the physical space allocated to specific portions of a user interface, and provides an 'easy to use' managing of this space.

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Rollbars - Extensible Control for Managing User Interface Window Areas

      A new end user interface control is described for managing the
physical screen 'real estate' in modern graphical user interfaces.
This interface places users in direct control of the physical space
allocated to specific portions of a user interface, and provides an
'easy to use' managing of this space.

      The new Rollbar is a natural extension of existing user
interface controls and can be consistently used in many places within
a graphical user interface.

      Fig. 1(a) shows the rollbar in its 'open' position, while Fig.
1(b) shows it 'closed'.  These two states, or rollbar positions, also
indicate the intended behavior/purpose of the control.  Users move
from one state to another by simply 'clicking' on the bar itself.
The bar responds by changing from the closed to the open, or the open
to the closed positions.  As the state changes from open to closed,
the various user interface elements above the bar are automatically
hidden, and the bar moves up to expose additional screen real estate
with which the user can work.  The reverse occurs when the bar is
opened.

      In addition to providing the hide/show behavior described
above, the rollbar itself can locate well used functions which must
always be available, regardless of the rollbar state.  Due to size
restrictions (mainly height), this function can only be surfaced as
'embedded push buttons', and Figs. 1(a) and 1...