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Menu Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108253D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 4 page(s) / 234K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The menu bar and system menu button provided under the IBM Presentation Manager* System (Fig. 1) is inefficient in its use of space and inconsistent with its visual signals.

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Menu Manager

       The menu bar and system menu button provided under the
IBM Presentation Manager* System (Fig. 1) is inefficient in its use
of space and inconsistent with its visual signals.

      The Menu Manager facilitates a function that enhances usability
for a menu interface (see Fig. 2).  To access the menu, the user
selects the Menu Manager icon.  He can then select the menu and
cascade down to the menu option he needs (Fig. 2.4, the print
option).  When he lifts his mouse, the menu bar and menus are "put
back into" the Menu Manager icon.  Another capability the user has is
to tear off the menu bar and place it next to his window, away from
his contents (Fig.  3).  The menu bar can be used as it normally
would be.  Fig. 4 shows more control for tearing individual menus.
The Menu Manager is efficient in its use of space and consistent with
visual signals.
*  Trademark of IBM Corp.