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Drop Down Slider for the Control of Trend Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000167092D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Jan-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Jan-30
Document File: 7 page(s) / 353K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a new UI widget to used to view trend data. The widget provides the ability to show and quickly save different time periods for trend data. In this new widget, we make a drop down part of the slider -- making it quicker to access the dropdown and also saving space -- i.e., you don't need to add another control to the GUI.

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Drop Down Slider for the Control of Trend Data

In this new widget, we make a drop down part of the slider. Making it quicker to access the dropdown and also saving space -- i.e., you don't need to add another control to the GUI (Fig. 1).

Figure 1

In Figure 2 the user has set the slider to show the trend information for the Last Hour. The user can click the drop down and pick a different time interval.

Figure 2

Now for example, the user could pick the Last 3 hours from the drop down. Or they could click the left arrow (or arrow key on the keyboard) to move down the list and the right arrow to move up the list (Figure 3).

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Figure 3

If the user were to size the slider or move the slider and it matched one of the intervals in the list, that item would become selected. If the user sized or moved the slider to a size that was not in the list, then Custom would appear (Fig 4)

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Figure 4

If they user wants to save this view, then they can show the dropdown menu and save it (Fig 5).

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Figure 5

The user would have the choice to save ths time period as an absoulte time period or as a relative one. The time period would then appear in the list of preset time periods.

Example 2:

In Figure 6, there is a stack of sliders...