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Consistent User Interface for Different User Objectives

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061486D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Greene, CS Kilpatrick, PJ Waters, FC Woods, RB [+details]

Abstract

By applying similar concepts, different functions in different system usability facilities can be accessed allowing the user to operate the system with ease and with fewer mistakes. Two facilities are presented: one that presents a list of objects and the commands that are appropriate for each object and the other that presents a larger list of commands from which the user may choose. When a user is creating, manipulating or deleting files, it is natural to select the object from a list of files and then select the command to be performed. This sequence is designed to guide the user through the system and so minimizes errors. This is the FILES application.