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Progressive Flyover Popups for Displaying Varying Levels of Information Associated with User Interface Elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197942D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 92K

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Abstract

A Flyover Popup for displaying information associated with User Interface (UI) elements is disclosed. The flyover popup progressively provides varying levels of information at varying time delays per the UI item that gets cursor emphasis.

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TUC820100080 Feb R Cabrasawan/Tucson/IBM
Mark Molander, Todd M Eischeid, Mike Nolterieke, Jack Franks

Progressive Flyover Popups for Displaying Varying Levels of Information Associated with User Interface Elements

Disclosed is a flyover popup for displaying information associated with User Interface (UI) elements.

Flyover popups are generally a very direct and easy way to see addition details on an item in a UI for example, hovering over the item in the UI. Users may find these flyover popups to be annoying. They can cover parts of the UI that a user does not want covered. The flyover popup may also be displayed when the user does not want to see them. Further, the flyover popup may provide too much information or too little information.

Thus, the flyover popup disclosed herein provides varying levels of information at varying time delays per the user interface item that gets cursor emphasis. This provides a better user experience by optimizing the UI to be less annoying and more useful and by prioritizing the level of information that is provided over the delay cycle, progressing the UI shown over the delay cycle.

Fig. 1 below shows a user having cursored or flown over a server object (upper left of chassis view) in a chassis. As depicted in Fig. 1, a cursor emphasis (not selection emphasis) is only shown as no time has elapsed after the user hovered the cursor over the server object.

Figure 1

A dashed blue border as shown in Fig. 1 indicates the cursor emphasis. The cursor emphasis may be displayed instantly when the user hovers over the server object. A delay period starts as soon as the user starts hovering the mouse pointer over the server object. After a very short delay, important information associated with the server

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object is displayed in a flyover popup as shown in Fig. 2. As the information displayed in the flyover popup is less and has higher priority, the delay is very short (e.g., 150 msec). In this example, the user may be looking for a particular server object. The user can quickly hover the mouse pointer over the various server objects to locate a target sever by name and a unique identifier as shown in Fig. 2.

Figure 2

Then once the server object of in...