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Slant Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108053D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ono, M: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention relates to the method of a menu system on a unified transparent tablet with a display and supplies the operativeness of menu selection on it.

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Slant Menu

       This invention relates to the method of a menu system on
a unified transparent tablet with a display and supplies the
operativeness of menu selection on it.

      Prior computer user interaction technology is based on a mouse
and bitmap display, and the typical one is a menu. This is one of the
value inputting methods to the computer and it displays menu items on
a screen and the user chooses one of them using a mouse.  Ordinarily,
these items are displayed vertically, but there are no special
reasons to be vertical.

      Now, a unified transparent table with display is becoming
widely used. The advantage is that this gives a user the capability
of direct manipulation. However, the current interactive technology,
such as the menu, is based on a mouse and bitmap display and, using
the technology as it is, causes disadvantages such as the following:
(1) Hand covers displayed objects on a screen.
(2) Current interaction technology forces the user to an unnatural
operation, such as twisting the wrist.

      This invention solves the problem by improving the
operativeness for the menu system on a unified transparent tablet
with display.

      The characteristic of this menu system is to display the menu
items slantingly in spite of vertical display, as shown in Fig. 1.
Because the best angle depends whether the user is right-handed or
left-handed, the size of hands, the length of arms, and the position
of work space, calibration is pe...