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Multiple Inline Multi-Function Tabs for Slider Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123103D
Original Publication Date: 1998-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Molander, ME: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The essence of this invention is to add the capability to slider controls to enable users to easily and directly switch the function of the slider tabs. Slider controls, also known by other names such as range controls when there are two settable values and the selected area is between the two values, can provide a quick way for users to make a setting among a wide range of possible settings. This invention improves upon the current art by additionally providing the user the capability to quickly change the function of each slider tab directly and inline with each tab. Functions for a tab might include the following: less than, equal, not equal, greater than, etc.

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Multiple Inline Multi-Function Tabs for Slider Controls

   The essence of this invention is to add the capability to
slider controls to enable users to easily and directly switch the
function of the slider tabs.  Slider controls, also known by other
names such as range controls when there are two settable values and
the selected area is between the two values, can provide a quick way
for users to make a setting among a wide range of possible settings.
This invention improves upon the current art by additionally
providing the user the capability to quickly change the function of
each slider tab directly and inline with each tab.  Functions for a
tab might include the following: less than, equal, not equal, greater
than, etc.

   Figure 1 shows how the function of a slider control's tab
can be directly changed.  A menu of choices appears below the left
tab, which, for instance, could have been displayed by the user's
clicking on the tab with the right mouse button (button #2).  A more
visible way to change slider tab function might be to have a small
button added to each tab to drop down the list of function choices.

   Figure 2 shows the slider control of Figure 1 after the
function of both tabs has been changed by a user so that instead of
having a selected range of 35 to 55 as before, two ranges have been
selected within the same control (that is, 0 to 35 and 55 to 100).

   In some instances it will be useful to have more than two
tabs and to provide the flexibil...