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User Interface for Dynamic Change of Action Bar and Pulldown Content Based Upon Attributes of Selected Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038128D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGaughey, HS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Provided is a technique which automatically changes the content of action bar and pulldown content using an object-sensitive approach in order to overcome the difficulties of current implementations.

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User Interface for Dynamic Change of Action Bar and Pulldown Content Based Upon Attributes of Selected Objects

Provided is a technique which automatically changes the content of action bar and pulldown content using an object-sensitive approach in order to overcome the difficulties of current implementations.

The user is provided with conventional methods for selection of actions and objects, e.g., action bars, pulldowns, and mouse-based selection. The initial action bar and pulldown content is generic in nature, i.e., it is constructed for a default object. If multiple object types can be displayed in the window, the user is also provided with the capability of object-sensitive display of action bar and pulldown selections. As objects of different type are selected, the action bar and pulldowns are dynamically changed to reflect the set of valid actions for the selected object. Only valid selections are displayed to the user, as opposed to a mix of valid and invalid selections.

The benefits to the user include new function, reduced learning and ambiguity, reduced keystrokes for selection of actions, enhanced productivity and usability, reduced screen space requirements, and reduced development costs.

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