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Method for Optimized Wizard Navigation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236796D
Publication Date: 2014-May-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 83K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a smart wizard design that predicts what the user will select based on the current environment and past history. At the beginning of a process, the wizard predicts the user’s selection and displays the summary of selections to the user, who can then confirm or change selections.

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Method for Optimized Wizard Navigation

Software applications provide wizards to simplify the gathering of information for tasks with multiple steps. A user goes through

all the steps in the wizard, and then the wizard displays the summary of what was entered or selected. At the end, the user can confirm and launch the task. Some of those wizards can be complex and time consuming because of a long list of steps and input fields. If the user gets to the summary page at the end and realizes a mistake, then the user must go back a number of steps to correct it.

A method or system is needed to reduce the complexity and amount of time needed to perform tasks that may require a lot of

user data.

The novel contribution is a smart wizard design that predicts what the user will select based on the current environment and past history. Therefore, instead of having to navigate through several steps, the wizard presents a summary with all predicted values

without having the user do any steps. At this point, if the user agrees with the predicted input, then the process is made faster and simpler than manually entering such information.

The wizard predicts the user's selection and displays the summary of selections to the user, who can then confirm or change

selections. If the user is satisfied with the selections, then the user can agree and finish the entry process. If the user has issues

with only some of the parameters predicted, then the user can individually select the parameters that need to change. This is simpler than the user tracking back through the entire wizard step-by-step when only a few parameters need to be changed.

The wizard predictor stores a history of past parameters run in previous actions, which allows it to predict the next action in the

current sequence. For example...