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Using Background Colors on Entry Fields in a User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118559D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Campbell, RG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often, when a user is asked to input data into an entry field for a program in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment, it can be unclear to the user where an error has occurred after the user submits the data for entry. Many applications use a "pop-up message box" to tell the user that an error has occurred. This can be an annoyance because it interrupts the workflow by having the user deal with the message box first and then deal with the error. Disclosed is a method for making it very clear to the user exactly where the error has occurred.

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Using Background Colors on Entry Fields in a User Interface

      Often, when a user is asked to input data into an entry field
for a program in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment, it can
be unclear to the user where an error has occurred after the user
submits the data for entry.  Many applications use a "pop-up message
box" to tell the user that an error has occurred.  This can be an
annoyance because it interrupts the workflow by having the user deal
with the message box first and then deal with the error.  Disclosed
is a method for making it very clear to the user exactly where the
error has occurred.

      In a graphical environment, such as Windows, OS/2*, AIX*,
etc., when an error has occurred that the user must fix, the cursor
is placed on the appropriate entry field and the entry field
background color turns to RED.  This draws the user's attention
immediately to the place where the error occurred.  (In the specific
situation of Local Area Network (LAN) Manager for OS/2, Version 2.0,
a command is issued which will make a small beep and put a message at
the bottom of the window in a specially designated message area
explaining exactly what the error has occurred: i.e., "Number must be
between 1 and 100" if the user were to have typed in 147.)  Examples
would be logon passwords, addresses, inventory, web-page design for
the World Wide Web (especially given the plethora of web-pages!),
etc.

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