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Persistant E-Commerce Shopping Cart Management Using Context Sensitive Pull-Down Menus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016352D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow an Internet shopper to fully manipulate the items in their shopping cart via the use of special pull-down menus that contain embedded sub-components (patent pending). This approach is extremely compact such that it can easily fit on the screen at all times (if desired). This methodology also allows the user to manipulate cart items without forwarding the user to a different or seperate web page.

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  Persistant E-Commerce Shopping Cart Management Using Context Sensitive Pull-Down Menus

         Disclosed is a method to allow an Internet shopper to fully manipulate the items in their shopping cart via the use of special pull-down menus that contain embedded sub-components (patent pending). This approach is extremely compact such that it can easily fit on the screen at all times (if desired). This methodology also allows the user to manipulate cart items without forwarding the user to a different or seperate web page.

      The special pull-down menus described above allow for interface components, such as buttons, for example, to be embedded within a pull down menu alongside each selectable item. Interacting with the embedded components would result in an action to take place on the corresponding selectable item within the pull-down menu without actually causing a selection to occur.

      This newly invented pull-down menuing system can be applied to empower e-commerce by enhancing an Internet vendor's electronic shopping cart. The following simple graphic is a conceptual drawing of the invention. The graphic describes what can be a frame on a page of an e-commerce website. Within the frame there is a pull-down menu with embedded components (as previously explained) that allows the user to perform various operations on the items of their shopping cart without actually selecting an item or causing a change in the current page. Some of the possibilities for function in the embedded...