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A panel is "a particular arrangement of information grouped together for presentation to users in a window or pop-up".[1] In ISPF, a panel is "a predefined display image that you see on a display screen".[2]: p.16  In modern multiple-document interface software a panel refers to a particular arrangement of information grouped together and presented to users docked (by default) in the user interface rather than floating in a window, pop-up or dialog box.

A panel graphical control element is commonly packaged as part of a widget toolkit (libraries that contain a collection of graphical control elements) for a graphical user interface. See toolbar and dialog box.


  1. ^ IBM Corporation (1992). CUA Basic Interface Design Guide.
  2. ^ IBM Corporation (2011). Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) User's Guide Volume I.

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