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Printable View of Drop-Down Lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180399D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method that will detect when a form containing drop-down lists is being printed and will activate the lists so that the list items are printed as well.

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Printable View of Drop-Down Lists

Disclosed is a method that will detect when a form containing drop-down lists is being printed and will activate the lists so that the list items are printed as well.

When attempting to print a form that contains a drop-down list, the drop-down list is printed in its inactive state. This results in the possible choices contained within the drop-down list to not be displayed on the printed version of the form. This poses a problem for users who need to print a hard copy of a form for reference, or to be completed by hand.

To solve this problem, functionality is added to the Print method of applications to detect if drop-down lists are present on the form that is about to be printed. One way to detect this is by searching the source code of the page.

If drop-down lists are detected, the lists are further examined to determine if any of the lists are dependent on each other. If dependent drop-down lists are discovered, the user is notified and can optionally make a selection from the drop-down list that other lists are dependent on.

The drop-down lists are then activated so that all of the choices are made visible. The choices for each drop down menu may be printed on appended pages of the form, with an indication of what drop-down list they belong to. Text is also added next to the drop-down list indicating which page of the printed document has the possible choices for the drop-down list. I...