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Directly Interactive Feature Customization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106170D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, TB: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Provided is a technique that allows users to directly and interactively customize the user interface and functional features of a system in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques.

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Directly Interactive Feature Customization

      Provided is a technique that allows users to directly and
interactively customize the user interface and functional features of
a system in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional
techniques.

      The proposed is to provide conventional user interface and
functional feature customization.  In addition, provide the following
enhancements:

o   Direct and interactive editing and customization "on the glass"
    and via "settings" dialogs

o   Direct editing on the glass allows changing menu choice names and
    locations via direct manipulation and editing of menu items

o   User interface customization via a "settings" dialog displays
    simulated images of windows with menu choices, where a user can
    select choices, add or remove items on menus, manipulate choices
    for different placement in menus, edit menu choice names, and add
    new choices

o   The scope of customization includes the menu bar, pulldown menus,
    popup and cascade menus, action windows, pushbuttons, and
    messages.

o   Additional features are provided to reset customization choices
    to system defaults, undo last changes, save at least one level of
    change, and redo to a desired level of change.

An end user will experience the following benefits:

o   new functionality,

o   improved usability, and

o   reduced errors and worksteps.