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Displaying Selectable Menu Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074139D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bauer, RA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is provided for constructing a list of numbers representing user selections of menu items for either instruction analysis or a numeric description of an executable task. The method is used in a A method is provided for constructing a list of numbers representing user selections of menu items for either instruction analysis or a numeric description of an executable task. The method is used in a conversational type computer system where the menu content table in this instance has five menu levels and each menu level has a maximum of ten displayable items. Only items on one menu logically associated combination of selected phrases. For example, the combination of Initiate-Part-Manufacturing Information-Process Data would ask the system to retrieve process data related to the manufacture of a specific part.

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Displaying Selectable Menu Items

A method is provided for constructing a list of numbers representing user selections of menu items for either instruction analysis or a numeric description of an executable task. The method is used in a A method is provided for constructing a list of numbers representing user selections of menu items for either instruction analysis or a numeric description of an executable task. The method is used in a conversational type computer system where the menu content table in this instance has five menu levels and each menu level has a maximum of ten displayable items. Only items on one menu logically associated combination of selected phrases. For example, the combination of Initiate-Part- Manufacturing Information-Process Data would ask the system to retrieve process data related to the manufacture of a specific part.

The table is contained in storage and can be changed as desired. The above executable task is represented by decimal numbers 2,2,3,1,0, developed as selectable items were displayed and chosen by the user. Selectable items in menu #1, according to the rules of the method, are those represented by the decimal number zero. Decimal numbers are shown in the table but binary numbers are actually used in the system. Hence, the selectable items of menu #1 are Inquire, Initiate, and Change. These are displayed to the user who in this example then selects Initiate. The number (2) is then stored in binary form as the first number of the list of numbers representing the executable task, i.e., Initiate was the...