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Context Menus on the Web

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021306D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 190K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Web-based users do not expect right-click context menus (even though they are now possible), so another approach is needed to provide an intuitive a way to allow users to see and launch a task in the context of a specific resource.

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Context Menus on the Web

When using a Java-based application, users rely on context menus to quickly access specific functions. Context menus include actions that are related to the user's current task. Usually the most frequently selected items in a context menu are accessible, as buttons, from the GUI.

On the web, the context menu is "owned" and controlled by the browser. The browser's context menus include actions that are related to the browser functions only, for example, printing and moving between Web pages. When using a Web-based application, users benefit from the browser's context menu; this menu offers no access to application-specific actions. Consequently, there is still a need to provide quick access to applicaiton-specific function. The Web context menu provides this functionality.

Our approach solves this problem by offering a one-click method to access an application-specific context menu for a web-based application. Users click the context menu icon and the context menu displays. Users select an item in the context menu to launch an action. Our solution is viable for basic HTML browsers (Netscape 4.x) and well as higher level browsers and does not require extensive Java Script.

The approach gives users of web-based applications access to the same function they provided when using a Java-based application. Instead of clicking mouse button 2 (MB2), users of web-based applications click the context menu icon ( using the standard Web interaction technique, MB1- see Figure 1) and access function. By allowing quick, easy access to context-...