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Flat Hierarchical Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040828D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fogel, DB: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A menu approach is described which shows the user menu options hierarchically without the traditional multiple screen levels of menus.

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Flat Hierarchical Menu

A menu approach is described which shows the user menu options hierarchically without the traditional multiple screen levels of menus.

In accordance with the new approach, one menu contains the options which are arranged on the screen in a tree-like fashion using the standard character set (graphics are not required). The user can see the options all at once and understand the underlying relationship. Choices from the menu are not restricted in the traditional sense of picking the top choice, then a choice within it, and so on. The options may be selected in any order. The user may select the options in a systematic hierarchical approach, at random, or within a subset. Each choice is implemented as a "button" which is selectable by pressing a mouse button or a key on the keyboard.

The flat hierarchical menu saves the user time going forward and backward through screens of menus yet the hierarchy is preserved. Memory pegged "menu bypass" schemes are not necessary.

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