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Designing a Window Flow Structure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121349D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kishi, N: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed herein is a technique for designing a window flow structure required to generate the user interface. The technique visualizes conceptual relations among windows (called window flow structure) and enables designing a good user interface with trial-and-error analysis. The technique is widely applicable to all user interface generation tool and products.

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Designing a Window Flow Structure

      Disclosed herein is a technique for designing a window
flow structure required to generate the user interface.  The
technique visualizes conceptual relations among windows (called
window flow structure) and enables designing a good user interface
with trial-and-error analysis.  The technique is widely applicable to
all user interface generation tool and products.

      The technique will be best understood with reference to Fig. 1
which shows the prior art technique versus the disclosed technique.
The prior art technique which is shown in Fig. 1 is based on coding
technique.  Various sets of statement syntax are available in the
prior art techniques; however, those techniques have limitation for
usability and readiness of window flow structure and operable
functions. And, as for showing the window flow structure, there are
few tools available.  However, those tools only have a view function
and/or textual interface.  Fig. 2 shows how a user interface can be
designed in accordance with the disclosed technique.  The technique
stands on not only visualizing relations between windows but also the
window flow structure can be edited by a Graphical User Interface,
e.g., Fig. 2 shows the following window flows: the window ZF01 calls
window ZF02, window ZF02 calls window ZF03, and window ZF03 calls
window ZF01.  And, the window flow can be edited by the Graphical
User Interface (mouse operation).

      Fig. 3 shows a block diagram in accordance with the disclosed
technique.  Programs or windows which are generated by a window
layouter are parsed by the reference block 1, Parser.  As a result of
parser, object is generated.  Object information is analyzed by the
reference block 2, Viewer.  And, view...