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Method to Reduce Screen Clutter and Make Web 2.0 Applications More Usable and Effective

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222442D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 217K

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A method is disclosed that induces a new state in which all relevant UI components are altered to display only their critical information. Many times subcomponents of a screen take up too much space, requiring a lot of scrolling, decreasing the usability and effectiveness of the subcomponent. This disclosure solves a common problem encountered in the development of a new complex Web 2.0 (Dojo) applications, where the screen real-estate is insufficient to show the UI in its entirety.

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Method to Reduce Screen Clutter and Make Web 2.0 Applications More Usable and Effective

This disclosure teaches use of a new state, which we'll refer to as the "Minimally Visible" state. This new state is between a minimized and maximized state. It can be triggered by changes in the layout of a composite or by a manual toggle. For example if a new pane is introduced, this might cause scrolling, and hide critical content in panes that were previously fully displayed. At this point the system could decide to invoke this new state in order to decrease wasted space in individual panes and reduce the necessity for scrolling.

Additionally, a configuration dialog can be used to provide a way for users to limit the items which are displayed in the Minimally Visible state and to define the Minimally Visible state, if applicable, for each subcomponent. Furthermore, priorities can be assigned to different subcomponents for cases where not all subcomponents need to be displayed in the Minimally Visible state.

Main Advantages:

1. Hides content which users wouldn't care for, making better use of limited screen real-estate.

2. Allows users to see the whole picture at once, without having to hide entire areas of the screen in order to get more real-estate

3. Reduces the need for excessive scrolling, which can be very annoying for a user.

4. Can be configured to user preferences since individual users have different needs/wants.

One embodiment of our invention is as follows. The...