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A Mobile Solution for Limited Screen Space for a Control that Enables Folder Organization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033499D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-13

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

UI designs often call for the use of tabs to contain and additional level of information. Scalability of tabs is always an issue especially on a mobile device. Constraints on screen real estate limit the user to only viewing 3 to 4 tabs at a time before they are forced to scroll. The typical implementation for scrolling tabs is to place arrows on both sides of the tabs and scroll one tab at a time. This implementation limits the user for two reasons: 1. The users is unable to view how many TOTAL tabs exist in one view 2. The user has to scroll through each individual tab in order to progress through even if they only need to make edits on one or two particular tabs. 3. Todays facility does not have a help system for tabs when images are used, no sense in having images and text on a tab. Our disclosure enables mobile usability of tabs by allowing for direct navigation to a TOTAL list of tabs through a user initiated popup on a small device.