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Dynamic Instruction Title Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122493D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mitchell, KP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a methodology for improving the overall efficiency and usability of managing a Dynamic Instruction Line (DIL). The use of Dynamic Instruction Lines has become very common in PC applications and seems to be very helpful to many users. Applications such as Lotus 1-2-3* have demonstrated the desirability of DILs. The problem is that in CUA, as well as most Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) developed for Windows and Presentation Manager** (PM), there is a question of where to locate the DIL. Since the action bar is located at the top of 'windows' and selecting actions cause pull-down windows to be displayed, it is not practical to place the DIL below the title bar. It simply would be hidden by the pull downs at the very time when it is needed most.

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Dynamic Instruction Title Line

      This article describes a methodology for improving the
overall efficiency and usability of managing a Dynamic Instruction
Line (DIL).  The use of Dynamic Instruction Lines has become very
common in PC applications and seems to be very helpful to many users.
Applications such as Lotus 1-2-3* have demonstrated the desirability
of DILs.  The problem is that in CUA, as well as most Graphical User
Interfaces (GUIs) developed for Windows and Presentation Manager**
(PM), there is a question of where to locate the DIL.  Since the
action bar is located at the top of 'windows' and selecting actions
cause pull-down windows to be displayed, it is not practical to place
the DIL below the title bar.  It simply would be hidden by the pull
downs at the very time when it is needed most.  Placing the DIL above
the action bar currently requires a complete rewrite of the
PM-supplied services.  Even if this were feasible, the DIL would
still take up valuable real estate (screen space) on crowded windows.

      The typical solution to this problem is to locate the DIL at
the bottom of the window.  This presents a usability concern since
the DIL is separated from the mouse and from where the user is
looking.  It is cumbersome to use the mouse to select a command from
the action bar (at the top of the screen) and then have to look to
the bottom of the screen to find the information about that command.
In addition, this does nothing to address t...