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Inverse operations for the "Never show this again" option

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011441D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Feb-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Feb-20
Document File: 7 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many current user interfaces allow, while showing optional information, to suppress this optional information in the future by issuing some "Never Show This Again"-option. This is a nice shortcut which allows even inexperienced users to customize their user interface according to their preferences. However, this shortcut is usually one-way, i.e. it is easy to get rid of the optional information, but it can be hard to undo this choice and have the optional information show up again; this is because the "Never Show This Again"-option when issued eliminates itself as well, but the regular (non-shortcut) way to adjust this preference will usually be much more difficult to find - which is after all the main reason to offer this shortcut. In this article, an easy to use and intuitive way is described to allow inverse operations when using a "Never Show This Again"-option.