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An enhanced grid for browsing property pane of the items easily

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236746D
Publication Date: 2014-May-14
Document File: 13 page(s) / 1M

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

The disclosure is a new user interface paradigm, which solves the user experience problems of “Full-page-grid” view and “ left-hand-navigation + property pane” view, takes advantages from both of them, well supports the user to check the attributes of all the objects by scanning the list of the objects easily, and also to check detail properties of the objects one by one easily.

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An enhanced grid for browsing property pane of the items easily

"Full-page-grid" and "left-hand-navigation + property pane" views are common UI patterns for managing multiple objects . For example, the security admin manages user accounts, the IT admin manages applications, databases or virtual machine instances. When managing the objects, the user would not only like to have an easy and quick way to check the key attributes of all the objects by scanning the list of the objects, but would also like to check detail properties of the objects one by one when necessarily .

However, either the current "Full-page-grid" solution or "left-hand-navigation + property pane" solution has its own advantages and disadvantages.

a) Full-page-grid

Advantages:
Easy to scan all the objects with key and some additional attributes

Easy for sorting and filtering

Easy for batch processing Limited space for displaying an expanded detail property pane embedded inside the grid

There may be additional grids in the detail property pane , and Grid in Grid seems complicated visually

Disadvantages:

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An alternative for showing detail properties of the objects in the grid is to open a new detail property page , but that makes

users lose the context and be inefficient

b) "left-hand-navigation + property pane" Advantages:

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Disadvantages:

Difficult to scan all the objects with additional attributes

Large area for the browsing detail properties easily

Difficult to do sorting/ filtering and batch processing

This invention takes advantages from both "Full-page-grid" and "left-hand-navigation + property pane", well supports the user to check the attributes of all the objects by scanning the list of the objects easily , and also to check detail properties of the objects one by one easily .

In this invention, we enhance the traditional grid and provide an interactive method for toggling between the grid view and a new view with a large detail property pane which partially covers the grid. In the new view, the user can toggle between the property panes by clicking/ hovering on another item in the grid under the property pane .

Advantages:
Intuitive way for toggling between the views and take advantages from both "Full -page-grid" and "left-hand-navigation +

property pane"
Easy to scan all the objects with additional attributes

Easy to do sorting, filtering and batch processing

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Large area for the browsing detail properties easily

Business Value
This invention can be used for any scenario of managing multiple objects in desktop UI or touchable tablet UI . For example:

In an enterprise application, the security admin manages user accounts.

IT admin manages applications, hardware, virtual machines.

In an sales management application, sales admin manages...