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Selecting Menu Submenu for Editing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103773D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jefferson, KJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In many windowing systems, selection of a menu/submenu causes the child menu (cascaded menu) to be displayed. In window design tools, it is desirable to be able to work on the properties (such as the text displayed, font and color) of the menu/submenu or the menu item. The default behavior for clicking on a menu item is one of two actions. If the item has a submenu, that menu is displayed. If the item doesn't have a menu, some actions will occur as defined by the application. In a window design tool, the default action of a menu item is to bring up the current properties of the item and modify them. By selecting a menu/submenu, the default action is to bring up its submenu so its items can be edited. The problem is how to edit the actual submenu item.

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Selecting Menu Submenu for Editing

      In many windowing systems, selection of a menu/submenu causes
the child menu (cascaded menu) to be displayed.  In window design
tools, it is desirable to be able to work on the properties (such as
the text displayed, font and color) of the menu/submenu or the menu
item.  The default behavior for clicking on a menu item is one of two
actions.  If the item has a submenu, that menu is displayed.  If the
item doesn't have a menu, some actions will occur as defined by the
application.  In a window design tool, the default action of a menu
item is to bring up the current properties of the item and modify
them.  By selecting a menu/submenu, the default action is to bring up
its submenu so its items can be edited.  The problem is how to edit
the actual submenu item.  What can be done is if the menu is selected
again; default action is to hide the child menu; to hide the child
menu and then show the properties panel of the item.  This allows the
developer immediate access to all menu item's properties.  All
current window building tools allow you to get at the properties for
menu items by selecting them but make the developer go to another
menu or execute a certain keystroke to modify the properties of the
menu/submenu.  This can be extended to other windowing interfaces.

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