Graphical input device with dynamic field width adjustment for input of variable data via a browser-based display

  • US 7,406,663 B2
  • Filed: 06/02/2006
  • Issued: 07/29/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/22/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A data input method comprising:

  • executing a client-side script that is browser neutral interpreted language that interacts with mark-up language based source code and software applications used to locate and display web pages;

    generating and displaying on a web page a graphical input device with an initial data entry field display width;

    providing said graphical input device as a non-menu, text-input graphic device in place of a defined drop-down menu but having the general appearance of the drop-down menu;

    sensing user selection of said graphical input device;

    sensing user entry, on said graphical input device, of a character sequence including at least one character;

    displaying the character-by-character user-selectable choice in the initial data entry field;

    automatically and dynamically determining a width of a second display as a function of the user-selectable choices'"'"' full display width necessary to make visible the widest one of the user-selectable choices, said user selectable choices not being truncated in said second display;

    displaying said second display near the initial data entry field; and

    sensing an acceptance action by the user, reflecting the current user selected choice.

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