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Method for an ordered check-box list

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146566D
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an ordered check-box list. Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, and improved user friendliness.

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Method for an ordered check-box list

Disclosed is a method for an ordered check-box list. Benefits include improved functionality, improved performance, and improved user friendliness.

Background

      Conventionally, a check-box list in a graphical user interface (GUI) contains items that can be selected or deselected by a user. Activation occurs by clicking the item’s check box. A check mark appears in the box, indicating the item’s selection. Clicking a checked box causes the item to be deselected and the check mark is cleared from the box.

      When a check-box list has selected items, the order of the items is not significant. Selection does not indicate prioritization or sequence.

      To capture selection order, a set of drop-down boxes is conventionally used. The first drop-down box is for selecting the first choice. The second drop-down box is for selecting the second choice, and so on. This presentation requires an extended series of user responses. Each drop-down box typically requires the user to click twice, once to select the drop-down box and once to select a drop-down box option. All items in the complete list are not visible initially. Clicking and possibly scrolling are required to see all the item choices in each drop-down box.

General description

      The disclosed method is an ordered check-box list that indicates item selection and the sequence in which items are selected. An ordered check-box list looks like a conventional check-box list before items are selected. When an item is selected, a number is placed in the box to indicate selection and the item’s placement in the selection sequence. When an item is deselected, the number is removed and all subsequently selected items are deselected.

Advantages

      The disclosed method provides advantages, including:
•     Improved functionality due to enabling a check-box list to include selection sequence information

•     Improved performance due to enabling selection and ordering functions to be provided by a single user-interface object

•     Improved user friendliness due to requiring fewer user actions than conventional drop-down lists

•     Improved user friendliness due to making item selection easier by including all items in a single, fully visible list

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