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Mechanism of Displaying a Menu which Minimizes the Eye Movement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105439D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hong, J: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism of displaying a menu of operations available in the current window. This mechanism enables a user to select an operation from the menu with the minimum amount of the eye movement. It attains the minimality by displaying the menu icon in the vicinity of the working cursor, namely the point at which a user is working before invoking the menu, and by dynamically changing the contents of the menu icon upon request of the user.

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Mechanism of Displaying a Menu which Minimizes the Eye Movement

      Disclosed is a mechanism of displaying a menu of operations
available in the current window.  This mechanism enables a user to
select an operation from the menu with the minimum amount of the eye
movement.  It attains the minimality by displaying the menu icon in
the vicinity of the working cursor, namely the point at which a user
is working before invoking the menu, and by dynamically changing the
contents of the menu icon upon request of the user.

      As usual the present mechanism maintains available operations
in a structural form in which inter-related operations are grouped
together, and it assigns a name to each group.  Fig.  1 shows an
example of such structure in which group 1, group 2 have, 7, 6
members, respectively.  Thus a user can access to one operation
through the following two steps.  First a user specifies the group to
which the desired operation belongs, and then chooses it from the
member list of the specified group.

      When a user presses the button to invoke the menu, the
mechanism displays the menu icon just to the right of the current
working cursor, as shown in Fig.  2.  The menu icon consists of a
vertical part and a horizontal part.  The vertical part contains the
members of one group (group 3 in Fig.  2), whereas the horizontal
part shows the names of groups other than that in the vertical part
(group 4, 5, 1, and 2 in Fig.  2).  This mechanism highlights the
member in the vertical part (B in Fig.  2) which is adjacent to the
horizontal part in order to indicate that this member is to be
selected when a user presses the selection button.  We call this
highlighted part the...