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Hierarchical Workbook Tabs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118975D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Merks, EA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for displaying two or more hierarchical levels of tabs in a notebook. The top level (or major) tabs are graphically rendered as folder tabs across the top of the notebook. The subsequent levels (minor tabs) are graphically rendered as rows of buttons, each row being associated with the currently selected (active) tab of the next higher row.

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Hierarchical Workbook Tabs

      Disclosed is a method for displaying two or more hierarchical
levels of tabs in a notebook.  The top level (or major) tabs are
graphically rendered as folder tabs across the top of the notebook.
The subsequent levels (minor tabs) are graphically rendered as rows
of buttons, each row being associated with the currently selected
(active) tab of the next higher row.

      The major and minor tabs are laid out horizontally, using the
visual depth of the tabs to show the relationship between the major
and minor tabs.  The vertical real estate used is a constant with
regards to the height of the tab text.  The width of the tab text
does not effect the required horizontal real estate.  Text that
exceeds the width of the window is handled by allowing the tabs to be
scrolled.

      Multiple levels of hierarchy are achieved by allowing an
arbitrary number of tab rows.  Each major (non-leaf) tab "owns" a
list of tabs.  The minor (leaf) tabs own a page of the notebook.