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Menu Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035270D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Matsushita, T: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a new method for displaying a menu of selectable items such as font sizes in a desktop publishing system.

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Menu Method

This article describes a new method for displaying a menu of selectable items such as font sizes in a desktop publishing system.

The method is to display a subset of the selectable items when there is not enough space to display all of them. In such a situation, conventional methods usually display a subset of items and support scrolling or usually a pop-up to show all items. The proposed method may be summarized as follows: (1) A subset of the selectable items is usually displayed. (2) Recently used items are included in the display. (3) A user can see and select from the complete set of items when he/she wishes to do so.

The proposed method will be described in detail with the example of font size selection.

Assuming that a user previously selected sizes 10, 12, 24, 32 and 64, the selectable items displayed are:

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At that time if a user selects "others", all the selectable items are popped up, as follows:

Next,if a user selects, for example, size 14, and if size 32 is the least recently selected of the currently displayed items 10, 12, 24, 32 and 64, then the menu will be be changed as follows:

In the above example, the currently displayed items are shown in numerical order. However, other orders can be taken, for example, order of frequency of selection and order of selection.

The proposed method automatically displays the selectable items most likely to be used. Clearly, the item that will be selected next, is more likely to be inclu...