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Enhanced Gadget Layout Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213536D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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Disclosed is a system which enables a user to assemble the best layouts for a flexible user interface layout system while maintaining a degree of flexibility and affirmation that subsequent modification result in the best layouts.

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Enhanced Gadget Layout

When using flexible user interface (UI) layout systems, users often build a layout which at the time seems the most effective. Over time, the layout design or subsequent modifications leads to confusion and dissatisfaction with the assembled components/gadgets. The components may be portlets, gadgets, widgets or other components.

There are applications styles and types which are impacted, such as:

• User Portals with Non-Developer/Integration Designer Access to Layouts

• Mashups

• User Dashboards

There is a clear need for a solution which enables the user to assemble the best layouts while maintaining a degree of flexibility in the layout.

The invention enables a user to lay out a usable design of a mixture of components, where:

1. Each border of the gadget is given a formula for calculating a quantitative number (integer + - 0). For example:

A. Left with application specific gadget which matches a certain rule equates to 0

    B. Right with non-related application gadget which matches no rule equates to -10
2. User lays out a gadget

3. System presents the cost of laying out said gadget with second gadget The cost is a value based on usability, performance, or design.

A. User sees as a color

B. User sees as a quantitative number

4. User adjusts the layout of the gadget so the gadget layout equates to a positive value, or highest calculated value

Example preferred embodiment:

1. User selects the layout style they prefer. User is able to choose from 1x2,2x2,2x3, etc.

2. User selects 2x3

3. User sees the new layout.


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Figure 1: A possible Layout

4. User sees a palette of gadgets (see Preparation and Selection 1)

5. User selects a series of gadgets and places them on the layout

6. User sees...