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Map Driven User Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118672D
Original Publication Date: 1997-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that utilizes procedural maps or work flows to drive and control the flow of application user interfaces in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional systems.

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Map Driven User Interaction

      Disclosed is a technique that utilizes procedural maps or work
flows to drive and control the flow of application user interfaces in
order to overcome deficiencies with conventional systems.

      In addition to providing conventional user interface approaches
to define procedural work flows and user interfaces, the technique
provides the following on-line procedural task flows (for example, a
bubble chart with task descriptions, instructions, and criteria):
  o  the bubble chart guides a user procedurally through a domain
      task.
  o  the bubble chart indicates completed steps, work to be done,
      and current location in the domain task.
  o  the bubble chart also indicates sources of dependent
      information or work by others.
  o  the bubble chart indicates potential next steps through
      the domain task.
  o  as needed, a user can navigate through the procedural
      flow in any order as long as prerequisite information
      or steps are completed at some point.
  o  the bubble chart can be displayed in miniaturized or
      full page views as they might be used by end users
      learning and/or completing tasks in the real world.
  o  the task flow can be depicted visually or textually.

Along with the on-line procedural task flow, provide a user interface
integrated to the flow:
  o  directly associate with each step in the procedural
      flow the user interface elements required for the step;
  o  for each step in the flow, represent its associated user
      interface elements in a graphical or visual manner;
  o  for each step in the procedural flow, display the related
      user interface elements that must be completed, e.g., the
      one or more windo...