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GUI Control for Combo Browse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016085D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This paper presents a new GUI control (widget) that combines "combobox" functionality with browse functionality, to solve the usability problem that users need to browse for an input entry while attempting to select an entry from multiple choices. Existing GUI solutions to this problem are not satisfying. Details are presented below. Combobox, or dropdown list, can be used to present choices to users. For example, Windows 2000 has a Search For Files or Folders dialog, which contains a combobox as shown in Picture 1. Picture 1: Part of Windows 2000 Search Dialog Sometimes, a combobox or dropdown list can be used to present recent user input entries, so that users TM can choose one without having to enter it again. For example, in IBM DB2 Universal Database Command Center, a dropdown list is used to present scripts that have been run recently, as shown in Picture 2: