Dismiss
InnovationQ will be updated on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10am ET - noon. You may experience brief service interruptions during that time.
Browse Prior Art Database

Integrated Panel for Menu Selection and Typing of Parameters

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043439D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Cursor-motion keys automatically perform selection of menu items in a panel that also provides for typing of parameters. In the prior art, a user could not type parameters into a menu, by definition. Parameters were typed into a parameter-entry panel. A menu could be made part of a parameter-entry panel, by representing it as one parameter-entry field. In a typical menu on a display screen, a user can select one or more items via some mechanism, such as typing an identification number, pointing a light pen at an item to be selected, or moving a cursor to an item to be selected, as in the example below.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 60% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

Integrated Panel for Menu Selection and Typing of Parameters

Cursor-motion keys automatically perform selection of menu items in a panel that also provides for typing of parameters. In the prior art, a user could not type parameters into a menu, by definition. Parameters were typed into a parameter- entry panel. A menu could be made part of a parameter-entry panel, by representing it as one parameter-entry field. In a typical menu on a display screen, a user can select one or more items via some mechanism, such as typing an identification number, pointing a light pen at an item to be selected, or moving a cursor to an item to be selected, as in the example below.

(Image Omitted)

In a typical parameter-entry panel, on the other hand, a user can type data, as in this example:

(Image Omitted)

In some user scenarios, however, as in these examples, both of the panels refer to parts of the same task from the user's point of view, such as specifying parameters for a print job. For that reason, it is desirable for the two panels to be combined. However, it is also desirable, for ease of use, for a single mechanism to be able to be used throughout a panel. Therefore, in the prior art, in panels that supported both parameter entry and selection, selections had to be typed as in the example that follows, even though selection itself does not inherently require typing.

(Image Omitted)

In the proposed solution, a single panel can support selection without resorting to numbers...