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Action-Object Availability Indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104019D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Techniques are disclosed that allow users to determine actions that are available for action-object sequences that might otherwise be grayed out. In current object-action systems, users first select an object and then an appropriate action. Actions that are not available or valid for the selected object are normally grayed out. Users experience difficulty when they don't understand why an action is grayed or what they must do to make the action valid. To solve this, action-object sequences have been proposed to allow the user to select the action first followed by the selection of an object. However, when combined with the object-action technique, the user no longer has the ability to determine valid actions for the objects already selected.

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Action-Object Availability Indicator

           Techniques are disclosed that allow users to determine
actions that are available for action-object sequences that might
otherwise be grayed out.
     In current object-action systems, users first select an object
and then an appropriate action.  Actions that are not available or
valid for the selected object are normally grayed out.  Users
experience difficulty when they don't understand why an action is
grayed or what they must do to make the action valid.  To solve this,
action-object sequences have been proposed to allow the user to
select the action first followed by the selection of an object.
However, when combined with the object-action technique, the user no
longer has the ability to determine valid actions for the objects
already selected.
     A technique is disclosed that would allow users to determine
actions available for the objects already selected, actions available
for action-object selection, and actions unavailable to either.  When
the user chooses to display a pull-down menu without first selecting
an object, actions that require an object would appear grayed.
Actions that are available for action-object selection would appear
yellow (Note: all colors specified would be available for user
customization).  If the user selects an object first and then selects
a pull-down menu, actions available for the selected object would
appear green, actions unavailable for the selected object yet
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