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Visual Indicator for Drawer Space While Opening and Closing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120261D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Swearingen, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

In the real world, the drawer is a common mechanism of containment. Drawers exist on many different real-world objects and come in various widths and lengths, as well as visual characteristics. As real-world objects are becoming more common on the personal-computer desktop, the drawer will be used for containment just as it is in real life.

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Visual Indicator for Drawer Space While Opening and Closing

      In the real world, the drawer is a common mechanism of
containment.  Drawers exist on many different real-world objects and
come in various widths and lengths, as well as visual
characteristics.  As real-world objects are becoming more common on
the personal-computer desktop, the drawer will be used for
containment just as it is in real  life.

      Because of the variation in how drawers are constructed, the
user cannot necessarily know in advance the length of a drawer.  As
the user drags open the drawer, the typical feedback which indicates
the length of the drawer is that the drawer stops opening any further
once it is all the way out.  Because the contents of the drawer could
be arranged in many ways, the user is likely to be watching for the
contents in the drawer rather than how far the drawer has come out.
Thus, they  are distracted from the process of opening the drawer.

      If distracted, they could then stop opening the drawer any
further, possibly thinking they have pulled the drawer out all the
way.  Of course, having not pulled the drawer all the way out, they
could be missing something in the back of the drawer.

      A visual indicator showing the progress of opening the drawer
is needed - one that shows the available movements of the drawer.
This indicator should be common for all drawers and only present
during the  operation of opening and closing the drawer.

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