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Method for User Selection of Return Points in a Dialogue

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043715D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Berry, RE McInroy, JW [+details]

Abstract

By saving return points in a programming user-system dialogue and allowing a user to select the points from a displayed list, a system can be rendered more productive and easier to use. Current systems typically permit various forms of "return" functions allowing the user to "back up" to a previous point in a dialogue. Often there may be several points to which the user may need to return. Systems typically provide several return functions, one for each different point, and give each a different name, such as "Quit", "Return", "Previous". However, users often cannot remember which function is associated with which point. Also, the points vary between different applications. The results are frequent user errors.