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Method And System For Providing Control Sheet User Interface Component Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200550D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 71K

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A method and system for providing a control sheet user interface for displaying complex functional content is disclosed. The complex functional content is displayed in the control sheet in a semi-modal layered fashion.

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Method And System For Providing Control Sheet User Interface Component

Disclosed is a method and system for providing a control sheet user interface to allow complex functional content to be enclosed and thereafter disclosed to the user in a semi-modal layered fashion.

Typically, a user interface may require ancillary settings. For example, a user interface may include a series of structured options such as, processing location, functional area, owning division, technology code and inventors that can be selected by a user. The user interface also includes a button labeled "select" on the screen. When the "select" button is clicked by the user, a modal window showing different settings is launched. The modal window may be a complex interface. Thereafter, the user returns to a main screen when the user selects the settings. The main screen displays new settings beside the "select" button. Displaying the settings with large amount of clutter in the user interface leads to overloading of large amount of information and choices in the user interface. Further,

when the user interacts with the modal screen for selecting the

appropriate settings, the user is forced to engage in a rigid, unwieldy task flow resulting in complex interface on the main screen.

The method and system disclosed herein provides a control sheet user interface for disclosing and enclosing complex functional content without using a modal window. FIG.1 shows an exemplary control sheet. The control sheet may include a sheet label, a sheet summary, a sheet field and an acceptance button (not shown). The sheet label indicates the content or purpose of the control sheet. The sheet label may include a double chevron glyph, a nominal label, and a typographical colon. The sheet label may be a terse but descriptive expression that indicates the purpose of the control sheet. For example, for a filter, the sheet label can be "Show:". Further, multiple words such as, "Find in: ", may also be used as the sheet label. When possible, sheet labels should be verbs and not nouns.

The sheet summary indicates the current settings of the control sheet. The sheet summary is a comma-delimited abstract of selected values associated with the control sheet. The values may be expressed in terse terms. The values are displayed as a simple list without categorization. Further, the sheet summary does not take terminal punctuation. When there are no selected values for the control sheet, the sheet summary may read as "None" in the same typographical style as a summary truncation. The width of the sheet summary may not be determined by the control sheet, but rather by the user interface that contains the control sheet. The sheet summary can occupy the maximum available space because the sheet does not wrap. Thus,

when the sheet

summary string exceeds the available space, the sheet summary is truncated and never wrapped. This may be accomplished by compressing the excess values into a count. For ex...