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Method and System for Facilitating an Enhanced Manipulation of Default Values in a User Interface (UI)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198609D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

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Abstract

A method and system for facilitating an enhanced manipulation of default values in a User Interface (UI) is disclosed. A default value field is displayed to the user in a highly accessible and usable way thereby facilitating the user to make an easy and informed decision before modifying a current value based on a default value in the default value field.

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Method and System for Facilitating an Enhanced Manipulation of Default Values in a User Interface (UI)

Disclosed is a method and system for facilitating an enhanced manipulation of default values in a User Interface (UI). In a UI, setting default values or preset values of one or more parameters or elements are a key part of simplifying UIs and reducing user errors. In general, while using the UI, the user may require changing a value of an element or parameter to its default value. Alternatively, the user may require changing a value of a parameter or an element to some other value, wherein the other value is different from the default value and it suits the need of the user.

In accordance with the method and system disclosed herein, a user is provided with an enhanced UI wherein default values of one or more parameters or elements are displayed to the user in an improved way.

Figure 1 depicts a surfaced UI control such as "Warning Threshold" wherein a default value of the "Warning Threshold" is displayed to the user besides a setting field in which the user may set the value of the "Warning Threshold". The user may click on a left-arrow button of the setting field shown in Figure 1 to "shoot over" or "fill" the default value of the "Warning Threshold" into the setting field. As shown in Figure 1, the default value of the "Warning Threshold" is currently 100, which matches its current setting.

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In a scenario, after setting the current value of the "Warning Threshold" to its default value, the user may get too many warning alerts over a period of time that are not worthy of the user's attention. Therefore, in such a scenario, the user may adjust the current value of the "Warning Threshold" from 100 to 120 as shown in Figure 2. In this way, the user is able to make an informed decision of changing the current value of the "Warning Threshold" while using the original default as a reference point which is displayed to the user in a highly surfaced way and as a convenient reference.

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In an embodiment, the default field need not be surfaced in the UI, i.e. the default field need not be explicitly displayed on the surface. In this case, as shown in Figure 3, the user may click on the triangle displayed at the lower right-hand side of the current setting filed to easily bring up the default field and related controls.

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When the user clicks on the triangle displayed at the lower right-hand side of the current setting field, the default field is then added and displayed as shown in Figure 4.

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In addition, the default field is easily dismissible by clicking the "x" close button shown in the upper right-hand side of the default field thereby enabling the user to easily toggle between the current field and current field with the default field. As a result, in this embodiment, the UI not only looks...