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Quick, Non-Obtrusive, Local Presentation of Truncated Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120867D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffin, DL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There are times when information in electronic systems must be truncated because it does not fit in the space provided. There are a number of examples. The OS/2* file manager truncates path names in windows when they become too long to fit. The OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) calendar truncates event descriptions when they cannot be entirely displayed on one line. The OV/2 in-basket truncates subject text to optimize the space needed to display items in details format.

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Quick, Non-Obtrusive, Local Presentation of Truncated Data

      There are times when information in electronic systems
must be truncated because it does not fit in the space provided.
There are a number of examples.  The OS/2* file manager truncates
path names in windows when they become too long to fit.  The
OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) calendar truncates event descriptions when
they cannot be entirely displayed on one line.  The OV/2 in-basket
truncates subject text to optimize the space needed to display items
in details format.

      Users can often see the entire string but they must do time-
consuming actions like open the folder's owner, and that owner's
owner, and so on until the entire path is revealed or open a calendar
or mail object so that the entire truncated field is displayed.
Hopefully, the significant information in the field is not truncated.
In the event it is, users will have to perform the more
time-consuming actions just to see the entire, untruncated field.

      Is there a way to show the field's value in a quick, easy
manner?

      Consider a technique whereby the desired information is
temporarily displayed while a mouse button is down or a key is
pressed.  Once the mouse button was lifted or the key released, the
information display would go away.

      To solve our problem, users would point to the truncated field
("Subject" in the figure on the next page) that they wanted to know
and press down a mouse button.  The entir...