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Focus Highlight for World Wide Web Frames

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119060D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to provide a visual indicator of input focus in web pages using frames.

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Focus Highlight for World Wide Web Frames

      Disclosed is a method to provide a visual indicator of input
focus in web pages using frames.

      Frames are a commonly used design element on web pages.  While
frames are useful in many respects, they present a number of problems
for users.  The most serious problem is that the user has no feedback
to show which frame has input focus.  If, for example, the user
invokes the "Print frame" option from the browser's menu, they may
well print a  frame different than the one they intended.  Most web
users have encountered problems related to this and frames are widely
criticized among the design community.  A secondary problem is that
most browsers  do not show frame borders and the user, thus, has no
clear feedback that  the page is composed of frames or what the
boundaries of each frame are.

      A solution to this problem is to provide a focus indication for
the frame which has input focus.  One form of focus indication which
is consistent with conventional Graphical User Interface (GUI)
applications is to provide a highlight border around the frame which
has focus. This  would indicate to the user that the frame has focus
and show the boundaries of that frame.  This indicator could be
provided by the browser.