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Graphic Symbol to Distinguish Action Item Types in Action Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101694D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Zimmatore, JJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a graphic symbol that is used to mark action bar choices appearing in the Systems Applications Architecture (SAA) Common User Access (CUA) interface as either immediate or non-immediate action items.

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Graphic Symbol to Distinguish Action Item Types in Action Bar

       Disclosed is a graphic symbol that is used to mark action
bar choices appearing in the Systems Applications Architecture (SAA)
Common User Access (CUA) interface as either immediate or
non-immediate action items.

      The CUA specifications of SAA currently do not allow immediate
action items in the action bar.  Immediate actions are those which
begin processing immediately when they are selected.  This contrasts
with action items as defined by CUA, which result in a pull-down menu
listing subordinate actions and which require a further solution by
the user (non-immediate action).  One reason that immediate actions
are not allowed is that there is no method for the user to determine
visually which action items are immediate, and which action items
result in a pull-down menu.

      To provide a visual cue to the user as to which action items
are immediate and which are non-immediate, a drawstring icon is
positioned directly below an action item if selection of that item
will result in a pull-down menu. Absence of the drawstring symbol
below an action item indicates to the user that selection of the item
results in an immediate action.

      The figure below provides an example of an action bar
containing both immediate and non-immediate action items, with the
non-immediate action items marked by the drawstring symbol.  Since
"File" and "Edit" are marked by the drawstring icon, selec...