Supplemental Mechanism to Indicate Non-Displayed Content Beyond Window Borders
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-10
In a graphical user interface, it is common for information to exceed the boundaries of a window; however, users are frequently unaware that additional information exists in portions of the window that must be scrolled to in order to be viewed, even when scroll bar controls appear on the window. Users may benefit from an additional supplementary display mechanism that captures attention and indicates that more content is available for viewing beyond the window borders.
Supplemental Mechanism to Indicate Non -Displayed Content Beyond Window Borders
Disclosed is a method and system for providing a more noticeable feedback indicator that directs the user's attention to the presence of additional content that is not currently displayed within a window. This indicator can be visual or audio in nature, though other mechanisms may also be used.
The display of a redundant indicator within the window places additional feedback within the user's primary area of attentional focus and, by providing an enhanced cue, improves the probability that the presence of additional unseen content will be noticed.
A sample embodiment may include a visual scroll cue (such as an arrow) that is displayed near the window boundary that is closest to the hidden content or a boundary indicator that blinks at long intervals (on- and off-rates must be appropriate to avoid user annoyance). The visual feedback indicator may also be positioned by the user according to preference. The user may also configure the blink rate and whether the indicator should be withdrawn after all content has been displayed.
The embodiment may also provide the capability to customize the conditions under which the feedback indicator is displayed. For example, the system could be configured to only display a secondary scroll indicator when required fields or important information is available in the content that is not being displayed.
In the preferred embodiment, the system (software...