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Map-Driven User Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123356D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique that improves user interaction and behavior of "wizard" based software in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional approaches.

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Map-Driven User Interaction

   Provided is a technique that improves user interaction
and behavior of "wizard" based software in order to overcome
deficiencies with conventional approaches.

   Provide a conventional framework for operation of a wizard
that includes a guided and linear sequence of panels within a single
window.  In addition, provide the following:
  o  A set of "navigation indicators" that depict the steps that
     must be completed (which gives a view of the work that must
     be done and a suggested order)
  o  As each step is completed, provide automatic "checking" to
     ensure successful completion of the step (which avoids
     waiting until the "Finish" button to complete the process
     and give completion feedback)
  o  As each step is successfully completed, "auto-advance" the
     user to the next input step and/or panel of information
     (which eliminates the "Next" button)
  o  As a step is completed successfully, its corresponding
     "navigation indicator" is marked as completed or marked as
     incomplete/unsuccessful
  o  Where possible, allow users to complete steps in an
     arbitrary order (which avoids a fixed linear flow)
  o  Users can select each navigation indicator to review prior
     work and future work in any order
  o  When the user is finished with the last step, the Smart
     Wizard is done
  o  If the Smart Wizard process is halted, the current sta...