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Defaulting Cascade Menus: Presentation and Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110286D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 170K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for showing and interacting with a cascading menu that supports a default choice is disclosed. A cascaded menu can present a default choice which is the most frequently chosen choice. The cascading menu, when a default is provided, can allow a user to quickly choose the most frequent choice, without traversing the entire menu depth.

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Defaulting Cascade Menus: Presentation and Interaction

       A method for showing and interacting with a cascading
menu that supports a default choice is disclosed.  A cascaded menu
can present a default choice which is the most frequently chosen
choice.  The cascading menu, when a default is provided, can allow a
user to quickly choose the most frequent choice, without traversing
the entire menu depth.

      In a graphical user interface environment, menus provide a user
with a way of performing actions in the environment.  In many cases,
the number of available actions to choose from is quite long,
encompassing all that a user can do in that environment, with the
provided objects.  In order to reduce the complexity of the
environment, the closely related choices of actions are grouped
together into a cascaded menu.  Many systems provide this version of
grouping menus, but require users to navigate to the lowest menu
level where they pick each choice that they wish to use (see Fig. 1).

      For many novices, however, grouping choices into a deeper level
of menus increases the navigation required to use the system.  This
disclosure proposes a way for a user to ignore the complexity of many
of the cascaded menus, by providing defaults for those menus, while
not changing how a user currently can interact with cascaded menus.

      In extending the notion of cascaded menus, it is very important
to augment the current behavior, so that users who wish...