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Enhanced Combo-Box Control for Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118271D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 199K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for improving the combo-box control found in all of the popular graphical user interfaces. This inventions describes how editing capability can be added to a combo-box control.

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Enhanced Combo-Box Control for Graphical User Interfaces

      Disclosed is a method for improving the combo-box control
found in all of the popular graphical user interfaces.  This
inventions describes how editing capability can be added to a
combo-box control.

      With the introduction of Windows* 3.0 in 1989, the graphical
user interface came of age.  Windows 3.1 popularized the notion of
using a graphical interface for computer interaction.  The graphical
user interface has proven to make using a computer an easier and more
productive experience for new and experienced computer users.

      A graphical user interface includes many familiar metaphors for
entering data into the computer.  For example, a pushbutton allows
the user to signal an event to the computer.  An edit box allows the
user to enter text into a field on the computer's display screen.
These devices are called controls, and graphical user interfaces
include many  kinds of controls, each for a specific function.

      Windows 3.0 introduced a new control entitled a combo-box
control.  The combo-box control allows the user to select items from
a list of text items.  The control optionally allows the user to
enter a selection by typing the text of the selection into the
combo-box's single line edit control.  This selection can optionally
be added to the  combo-box's list so it will be part of the list of
choices the next time  the user visits the combo-box.

      Once items were entered into the combo box, they could not be
retrieved for further editing or correction.  In addition, the user
may wish to enter a series of items into the combo-box, and edit them
all at the same time, much as the user would edit a list of items in
a word processor.  The combo-box control in its present form does not
allow for any editing of existing entries or bulk entry or editing of
all entries in the combo-box at the same time.  This invention
enhances the combo-box control by providing these features.

      An example of a combo-box control is shown in Fig. 1.  The
control consists of three components: ...