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Modeless Dialog Box Object Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119679D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Modeless operation allows a computer software user to move from one dialog to another without completing the first. This is a preferred model of operation because it places the user in control of the sequence necessary to complete their task. Modeless operation does present some problems. For tasks involving multiple levels of objects, the principal problem is indicating the path (selection history) of a dialog to the user. The object line disclosed for dialog boxes conveys this essential information in the most economical fashion.

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Modeless Dialog Box Object Line

      Modeless operation allows a computer software user to
move from one dialog to another without completing the first. This is
a preferred model of operation because it places the user in control
of the sequence necessary to complete their task.  Modeless operation
does present some problems. For tasks involving multiple levels of
objects, the principal problem is indicating the path (selection
history) of a dialog to the user.  The object line disclosed for
dialog boxes conveys this essential information in the most
economical fashion.

      The user could easily become confused if they were performing
similar tasks to several objects at the same time. These users will
be required to perform many concurrent tasks of a similar nature on
objects distributed within their networks.  The natural hierarchical
structure used in many computer operating systems for object
collection and maintenance will insure that the user will be
presented with this situation. When this situation occurs, the system
should aid the user by presenting key information about the path
selected to the object.  This will allow the user to differentiate
the various dialogs and understand where they can best interact with
the system to maintain the control promised by the modeless
operation.  That is the purpose of the disclosed object line.

      This line is contained in a box immediately below the title box
(see the figure).  Each of the object names may or may not be
present.  Each object name present is preceded by the mini-icon for
that class of object. Each o...