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Install/Remove from a Context (Pop-Up) Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106731D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of allowing users to install products utilizing the pop-up menu within the OS/2 Workplace Shell*. In designing the installation for a "family" of products, a way was needed to allow the user to choose which products to install or remove on their workstation. This method needed to allow multiple selection of products for installation/removal and be consistent with the Workplace Shell desktop paradigm.

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Install/Remove from a Context (Pop-Up) Menu

      Disclosed is a method of allowing users to install products
utilizing the pop-up menu within the OS/2 Workplace Shell*.  In
designing the installation for a "family" of products, a way was
needed to allow the user to choose which products to install or
remove on their workstation.  This method needed to allow multiple
selection of products for installation/removal and be consistent with
the Workplace Shell desktop paradigm.

      The goal was to provide an object-oriented, OS/2 Workplace
Shell-like interface to install/remove the different products (or
sets of products) in a consistent manner.  Since icons were chosen to
represent the products, consistency with the workplace shell was
maintained by allowing a pop-up (context) menu to display for the
icon objects.  If the icon object is in the "installable" container,
mouse button two would bring up the menu displaying the option to
install the product (along with a help option).  If the product icon
is in the "installed" container, mouse button two would bring up the
context menu displaying the option to remove the product (along with
other options).  Installation/removal of multiple products may be
initiated by selecting more than one icon from the container.  This
solution also allows for visual feedback as to the status of the
installation process and the workstation's products.

This concept is unique in the following ways:

o   It provides an easy graphi...