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Menu Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036188D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Siino, I: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a new method for controlling a resident menu. A resident menu is a kind of pop-up menu that stays on the screen until a user closes it. A resident menu is introduced on the Macintosh under the name of "tear off menu".

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Menu Method

This article describes a new method for controlling a resident menu. A resident menu is a kind of pop-up menu that stays on the screen until a user closes it. A resident menu is introduced on the Macintosh under the name of "tear off menu".

A resident menu has the advantage that frequently used functions are easily chosen, because the menu stays on the screen. However, it has the disadvantage that the menu may hide some information on the screen until a user moves or closes the menu. Sometimes it stays on the screen even when a user begins actions which are not controlled by the menu.

The proposed method is to hide the disabled resident menu by detecting the user's operation, and to show the menu when it is active, automatically.

Fig. 1 shows an operation example of a mixed object (text and graphics) editor using this method. In such an editor, a user can edit graphics/text only when he selects a graphics/text object, respectively. A menu for graphics is useless when text is selected. As shown in Fig. 1(b), the editor with this method hides the disabled resident menu for graphics when a user selects text objects.

Fig. 1 shows an example in which the system has a resident menu only for graphics. If the system has two resident menus for graphics and for text, this method would switch them according to the user's selection of each kind of object.

In the above example, the resident menu for one kind of object becomes invisible when a user selects the othe...