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Automatically annotating a dashboard slider with report specific values

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239543D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-14
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to assist a user in interacting with a filter slider for a continuous value range. The method extracts the values from the dashboard, and then provides those values as non-evenly or evenly spaced tick marks and resting points for the ends of the slider range.

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Automatically annotating a dashboard slider with report specific values

Allowing easy interaction with the controls, sliders are a common dashboard filter control for continuous ranges of values . Anything that is within the slider range is included in the dashboard, and anything that is outside is typically hidden or excluded. This simplicity comes at the cost of precision, however, in that it is hard to tell from the slider exactly where the range begins and ends. The problem is even larger with large ranges, as the typically evenly spaced tick marks contain many values in the space between marks. The difficulty in controlling what value the slider range begins and ends on in a slider translates directly to a difficulty in controlling which values are included or excluded from the dashboard.

The novel contribution is a method to ensure that the slider comes to rest on meaningful values for the given dashboard , making it much easier to control the filtering within the dashboard. The method extracts the values from the dashboard, and then provides those values as non-evenly or evenly spaced tick marks and resting points for the ends of the slider range.

The method also provides popup assistance for the given tick mark when the tick mark is close enough to other tick marks that the value cannot be fully rendered. In addition, if the values are close, the method provides next and previous buttons to allow the user to easily move a range of the slider to the next or previous existing value.

Furthermore, the method can make use of semantic analysis of annotations associated with various values to identify good and bad ranges within the total range provided by the slider. This help...