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Method and Apparatus for Providing Focus to Form Field by Changing their Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000190999D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Dec-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Dec-11
Document File: 6 page(s) / 150K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes method of tracking focus by assigning a focus area to the center of the screen. The field with focus is enlarged and displayed in this focus area with the surrounding area dimmed.

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Method and Apparatus for Providing Focus to Form Field by Changing their Location

Forms are filled out by millions of users every single day. There are many different ways of navigating a form. Commonly users click on the field or tab through fields. When the complexity of the form increases, it becomes easy to get confused about what field is being currently worked on.

Currently there are two different solutions. The first one tries to solve this by blinking the cursor in the field. This is the most common solution, and it's implemented in most operating systems as the default behavior. The other implementation is to highlight the field that is currently selected with a colored box around the editable area.

This article describes a third method: assigning a focus area to the center of the screen. The field with focus enlarged and displayed in this focus area with the surrounding area dimmed. This is where all the fields will be displayed when the user tries to navigate through the fields.

Note: In the following example, the user has chosen to create a focus in the center of the dialog using their preference. The location of this area could be customized.

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Figure 1: Focus Area

So for example when the user navigates to the Headline line field, it would fade the dialog and

just show the Headline field in the focus area. This makes it easier to find the field on the screen

and also by fadin...