07360167 is referenced by 24 patents and cites 17 patents.

A method of indicating expanded states and collapsed states of lower level expander/collapser items in a higher level visual control of a user interface display. The method includes providing, in the higher level visual control, a lower level expander/collapser indicator area; displaying a first display in the expander/collapser indicator area when all the lower level expander/collapser items are in a first state; displaying a second different display in the expander/collapser indicator area when all of the lower level expander/collapser items are in a second different state; and displaying a third different display in the expander/collapser indicator area when a first one of the lower level expander/collapser items is in the first state and a second one of the lower level expander/collapser items is not in the first state.

Title
User interface expander and collapser
Application Number
10/794518
Publication Number
7360167 (B2)
Application Date
March 5, 2004
Publication Date
April 15, 2008
Inventor
Mark E Molander
Cary
NC, US
Sandra D Kipp
Raleigh
NC, US
Erik F Hennum
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Harrington & Smith PC
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G09G 5/00
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