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Method and Process for improved user interaction and navigation on desktop applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000177753D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Dec-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Dec-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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IBM

Abstract

A program is disclosed that will enhance user productivity by increasing the usability of keyboard shortcuts.

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Method and Process for improved user interaction and navigation on desktop applications

This method involves prefetching of all the common user actions in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and indexing the actions as search terms. This allows users to type in words the action without remembering the shortcut combination. This technique dramatically increases user interaction and experience with the application because the user no longer has to remember any shortcuts. The user only types the desired action in the command window pane and all the relevant semantically close commands and actions show up automatically.

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This technique can be implemented by creating an index of all the permissible user actions and commands permitted by the application. As shown above, when the user types in an action or a command, the textual input is fuzzy matched to all the actions/commands preindexed and prefetched at the window pane. Once all the permissible actions show up on the window pane, the user either types in a different action or selects a particular prefetched option.

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