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Menu Selection Method for Related Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102533D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kitamura, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for selecting a menu for multiple attributes that are related to an object, for example, the line type/width/color attributes for line primitive in a graphics editor, and the font type/size/ color attributes for text in a word processor.

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Menu Selection Method for Related Attributes

Disclosed is a method for selecting a menu for multiple attributes that are related to an object, for example, the line type/width/color attributes for line primitive in a graphics editor, and the font type/size/ color attributes for text in a word processor.

The problems and existing solutions are as follows:
(1) The existing method uses a property sheet or a multiple attribute menu in order to support the simultaneous selection of the related attributes. Here, the number of the attributes is fixed. Thus, even if a user wants to select only one attribute, the other related attributes are displayed together, which takes the larger screen area, deteriorates the legibility of the attribute menu of interest, and increases the overhead to open/close the menu.
(2) The existing method displays the menu items by using fixed or pre-defined values of attributes, and the selected value of an attribute is not used to display the other related menu items. Thus, as shown in Fig. 1, after the user selection, an example of an object is required to be displayed with all the current values of the related attributes.

The advantages of the disclosed method over the above existing solutions are as follows:
(1) Starting with the selection of a single attribute menu, a user can set the menu on-the-fly so that the user can select the other related attributes. Thus, the user can select the variable number of the related attributes on demand b...