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Multi-Presentation List Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119705D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

Today user interfaces offer many controls by which the user makes a selection among choices. These controls may become numerous on a panel, resulting in a shortage of real estate on the display and making a selection from the panel cumbersome.

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Multi-Presentation List Control

      Today user interfaces offer many controls by which the
user makes a selection among choices.  These controls may become
numerous on a panel, resulting in a shortage of real estate on the
display and making a selection from the panel cumbersome.

      The design disclosed here enables several presentations of list
information to be displayed in an instant from the same data.  This
Multi-Presentation List Control interface offers reduced real estate
usage and alternate presentation of information for better
comprehension.  While the presentation changes, the data remains the
same so that to the programmer the control is powerful because it
offers multiple function from one control, making programming simple
and data consistent across different presentations.

      The Multi-Presentation List Control is different and
distinguishable from other List Controls in that it provides a
consistency for data in different presentations, reduced panel usage,
and programmer flexibility and simplicity (consistent data).  It is a
generic list database which can have its presentation mode changed.
It has four modes of presentation, as shown in the figure.  The modes
are a Listbox, Cardlist, Folderlist, and Buttonlist.  The Listbox is
used to display a list of charts available.  The Cardlist provides
the same list and means to display a particular chart since the front
of the card is available for drawing. The Folderlist provides the
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