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USER SELECTABLE MOUSE INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026740D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is an interface whereby the functions of a mouse are user selectable by a set of pop-up menus and text boxes. The interface is arranged into units consisting of an icon for the menu and a text box indicating the current function. There are N units, where N corresponds to the number of buttons on the mouse. Each menu contains the same list of items comprising all the possible functions that can be invoked with the buttons. The icons for the op-

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

USER SELECTABLE MOUSE INTERFACE
Myra E. VanInwegen

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.364/927.1 Int. C1. G06f 1/100

Proposed is an interface whereby the functions of a mouse are user selectable by a set of pop-up menus and text boxes. The interface is arranged into units consisting of an icon for the menu and a text box indicating the current function. There are N units, where N corresponds to the number of buttons on the mouse. Each menu contains the same list of items comprising all the possible functions that can be invoked with the buttons. The icons for the op-

When an icon is activated, a user can select a new function for that articular

printed in the text box next to the menu icon. Therefore, since a user chooses the function for each mouse button and can change it any time, the proposal leads to a customizable user interface.

up menus are symbolic pictures of the mouse buttons to which the menu re F ers.

button. When a new function is selected, the name of the selected P unction is

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