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Utilization of Preexisting Information as a Prefill/Preselection, Reordering, or Subset Determinant

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015242D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an invention to solve the problem of a selection box/combo box containing a large selection list from which the user must select an item without the utilization of preexisting information. The selection box contains a large list from which the user must select one. This is normally accomplished by scrolling through the list to find the desired selection and then selecting it. However, the selection that the user is being asked to make may be accomplished either automatically or semi-automatically. Automatic selection would involve the selection being made without user interaction. Semi-automatic selection, which could also be considered as "selection assistance", could be accomplished in one of three ways: 1) Preselection : the selected value being preselected so that the user just has to confirm the selection instead of scrolling to find the selection before confirming/making the selection, 2) Reordering : a group of most likely selection values being moved to the top of the list so that the user could make the selection without having to scroll as far to find the selection further down the list, or 3) Subset : all of the choices are removed except for a subset of choices which represent the most likely selection values.