Computer Guidance Technique for Creating Business Graphs
Original Publication Date: 1985-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
The user of a business graphics computer program is confronted with a large number of choices and options that specify a graph. Often the visual effect of an option is not clearly understood or anticipated. To select and try many of the possible options and combinations is very laborious. The basis of this approach is to show the user many actual graphs of his data from which the best options are selected. The program presents the more basic choices first, like six different types of graphs. The user can then select the one that is best for the data being graphed. As a selection is made, another option is shown in addition to the previously selected options. In this way, the program quickly leads the user through a sequence of choices to produce a graph that displays the data as the user wishes.