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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041165D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Carnie, MJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

This article describes a method for the user of a videotex service to switch between services or major subsections of the videotex system. As currently implemented, menu-based videotex generally have a "home" menu page which has choices leading to the various services. Having gone to the home page, the user has no way to directly return to the previous page. Further, menu pages are often strictly textual, with little use of graphics or color and no use of positional information in association with the services.

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Object Information Definition Process

This article describes a method for the user of a videotex service to switch between services or major subsections of the videotex system. As currently implemented, menu-based videotex generally have a "home" menu page which has choices leading to the various services. Having gone to the home page, the user has no way to directly return to the previous page. Further, menu pages are often strictly textual, with little use of graphics or color and no use of positional information in association with the services.

The service locator is a graphical icon consisting of unique shapes for each service arrayed uniformly around a central point. Each shape contains the service icon, is colored with the service color, and is labeled with the service name. A small version of this locator is always present as a touchable area on a screen. When the user touches this small locator, a larger fully-detailed version pops up in which each shape, representing a service, is touchable. Touching one of the shapes takes the user to the root page of the selected service.

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