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Direct Access to the Command Bar From a Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039171D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described to allow the user to move from the window directly to the command bar with a single keystroke, without side effects. In the same system, a key is defined to move the text cursor from one pane to the next (including the command bar). In this way, the user can select an object, use this key to move the text cursor to the command bar, and select a command. There were two major problems with this method. One, the user would have to move through each of the panes between the active (current) pane and the command bar. This would mean more keystrokes. Two, as the user moved from one pane to the next, the contents of the command bar would change, and no longer reflect the commands that the user had initially seen after selecting the object.

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Direct Access to the Command Bar From a Window

A method is described to allow the user to move from the window directly to the command bar with a single keystroke, without side effects. In the same system, a key is defined to move the text cursor from one pane to the next (including the command bar). In this way, the user can select an object, use this key to move the text cursor to the command bar, and select a command. There were two major problems with this method. One, the user would have to move through each of the panes between the active (current) pane and the command bar. This would mean more keystrokes. Two, as the user moved from one pane to the next, the contents of the command bar would change, and no longer reflect the commands that the user had initially seen after selecting the object. Additionally, this mechanism had performance implications, as the time to change the command bar (with the movement from one pane to another) would be greater than instantaneous. In accordance with the new method, a new key is defined, called the "Command Bar" key. This key allows the user with a single keystroke to move the cursor to the command bar in a single keystroke, and with another keystroke, to move the cursor back to the pane in the window. In this way, the user can more easily use this interface to the system from the keyboard.

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