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A Mobile Solution for Limited Screen Space for a Control that Enables Folder Organization Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033499D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 50K

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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.

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

Main Idea

The design invokes the use of a popup like model for scrolling through tabs. The last tab in view contains an icon (>>). When selected this tab launches a listbox of ALL available tabs. The user can select a tab from the list. Once selection is made, the tab order moves based on the selection. As you can see below in Figure 2 and Figure 3: the user selects 'Tab Seven' from the >> listbox and the tabs move to correlate with this selection. The selected tab (Tab 7) moves to the furthest left edge and the screen is populated with the tabs that follow. The user can continue to utilize the '>> Listbox' to navigate back the original tabs or move forward to additional tabs.

Figure 1: View of scrolling tabs

Figure 2: Pop up dialog presented by scrolling tab


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Figure 3: Refresh view after tab selection

Here are some more pictures of the usage. The popup enables help in the tabs also.


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