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Menu Bypass Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050585D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nunn, CR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

System keystroke tables are provided and tied to menus with available abbreviation states in order to reduce operator errors and avoid unnecessary keystrokes.

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Menu Bypass Control

System keystroke tables are provided and tied to menus with available abbreviation states in order to reduce operator errors and avoid unnecessary keystrokes.

Menu bypass operations are permitted with modern word processing systems to allow an experienced operator to skip over menus not needed for accomplishing a job. Having to sequentially cycle through a system ordered set of menus is not only time consuming, but contributes to boredom as experience is gained. The keying of menu abbreviations has been permitted to access a needed menu and further increase throughput. However, there are instances where the use of abbreviations can result in confusion and errors. That is, an abbreviation keyed against one menu for accessing a needed menu may conflict with an abbreviation calling for an unwanted system operation. In order to prevent problems in this area, tables are provided and tied to menus having allowed states. The state of the system at the time a needed menu is called for will determine the system route for accessing the menu and also determine whether the keyed abbreviations will be permitted for accessing the needed menu.

Each abbreviation is associated with a set of allowed states. If an operator enters an abbreviation for a state that does not allow that abbreviation, then the system warns the operator that this menu cannot be accessed. If the abbreviation is allowed, then the system will determine which route (e.g., keystroke program...