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Input Device-Controlled Accelerators Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102935D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR

Abstract

User interfaces typically allow tasks to be accomplished using either a keyboard, mouse, or other input device. In accomplishing tasks, a user often chooses actions, properties, or other information from menus. Menus may be accessed from the keyboard or the mouse. Whether a particular menu is accessed from the keyboard or mouse depends on many variables associated with an individual user. To facilitate selection of a choice from the keyboard, or even to allow bypass of the menu altogether, accelerators allow users to type a special keystroke for a choice. To help users learn these accelerators, they may be displayed alongside their corresponding menu choices. However, the problem arises when a given user accesses a particular menu using the mouse. The user will almost always make a menu choice using the mouse as well.

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Input Device-Controlled Accelerators Display

      User interfaces typically allow tasks to be accomplished using
either a keyboard, mouse, or other input device.  In accomplishing
tasks, a user often chooses actions, properties, or other information
from menus.  Menus may be accessed from the keyboard or the mouse.
Whether a particular menu is accessed from the keyboard or mouse
depends on many variables associated with an individual user.  To
facilitate selection of a choice from the keyboard, or even to allow
bypass of the menu altogether, accelerators allow users to type a
special keystroke for a choice.  To help users learn these
accelerators, they may be displayed alongside their corresponding
menu choices. However, the problem arises when a given user accesses
a particular menu using the mouse.  The user will almost always make
a menu choice using the mouse as well.  The additional display of
accelerators in this case is visually distracting and wasteful of
display screen space.

      This invention provides for display of keyboard accelerators
only when a menu is accessed from the keyboard. If a menu is accessed
using the mouse, accelerators are not shown in the menu and the
screen space used by the menu is reduced.

      This invention eliminates the visual distraction and wasted
screen space in displaying accelerators when menus are accessed from
the mouse. The approach is automatic, providing users with
accelerators only for those menus that t...