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Menu Look-Ahead Function for Word Processing Programs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039750D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bullock, GR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is described to control the display of menus so that menus do not display when their display is unnecessary. Before a menu displays, the system determines if a key has been pressed that will terminate the menu. Assume that key matches: 1. A mnemonic correlation key, such as "C" for Create Document, or 2. A numeric correlation key, such as "l" for Create Document. A menu option wherein one or more keys trigger the immediate termination of the menu and the execution of some function or task is called a directive option. The keys which do the triggering are called correlation keys, and they are usually displayed on the screen with a description of their associated functions.

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Menu Look-Ahead Function for Word Processing Programs

A method is described to control the display of menus so that menus do not display when their display is unnecessary. Before a menu displays, the system determines if a key has been pressed that will terminate the menu. Assume that key matches: 1. A mnemonic correlation key, such as "C" for Create Document, or

2. A numeric correlation key, such as "l" for Create Document.

A menu option wherein one or more keys trigger the immediate termination of the menu and the execution of some function or task is called a directive option. The keys which do the triggering are called correlation keys, and they are usually displayed on the screen with a description of their associated functions. For example, under the earlier assumption, the first directive option may be "Create Document", and the correlation keys associated with the Create Document function are "l" and "C", which is underscored. The system terminates the menu without displaying it and executes the appropriate function. This eliminates displaying the menu text on the screen and other tasks, including the display of the menu border, saving the previous screen data, and restoring the previous screen after the menu terminates. By not displaying the menu, all this processing is avoided. If no key has been pressed or if a key has been pressed and it is not a correlation key, the menu displays. Menu Look-Ahead dramatically improves performance. Without Menu Look-A...