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Method for Displaying Filtered Table Information on User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244101D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-09
Document File: 4 page(s) / 522K

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Abstract

Described is a method for displaying filtered table information on user interfaces.

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Method for Displaying Filtered Table Information on User Interfaces

In certain Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications, the user has to choose a resource from a table for an action. The resource has to meet certain criteria or the action will fail. Two table design approaches are:
1) Only show the resources which meet the criteria for the action.

2) Show all the resources, and stop the user later if their selection is ineligible.

    The first approach is convenient by narrowing the selection down for the user up-front. However, if the user knows there are more resources available, they are left wondering why they're not shown. The second approach of showing all resources can be frustrating to the user, since it may not be obvious why a selection is ineligible. The number of columns is usually increased to give the user more information about each resource. This leads to a noisy table with sometimes more information than should be needed. However, it can be beneficial for the user to see that such resources exist or that the resources are properly registered in the application. Often times in enterprise applications, the filter criteria is complex and difficult to reveal to the user in a simplified manner. The proper solution combines these two approaches, removes the negative aspects, and allows easy troubleshooting for the user.

    The core idea is to have a simple, clean table for the user's selection which displays ONLY eligible resources. If the user wants to see the ineligible resources, they can easily do so with alternate ta...