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Reconfigurable user interfaces at various levels of complexity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013194D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-17

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow a user to configure a user interface for a software program at various levels of complexity. The levels of complexity would be hard-coded by the writer of the software program or could be manipulated by an experienced user or administrator. Contemporary user interfaces have become extremely complex and hence a configurable user interface at various levels of complexity is useful. Earlier solutions had tackled the problem of the complexity of user interfaces in the following ways: (a) Providing different versions of the program some with reduced functionality and some with greater functionality. (b) Providing different programs for similar tasks.