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Create Another Menu Feature

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111177D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bloomfield, MA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a menu, associated with an object selected from a program window screen, allowing the user of a computer system to create another template object. For example, a template can be used to convert a data file into various types of finished documents or into a spreadsheet. To implement this feature, a conventional or conditional cascade menu is displayed, containing a list of all templates available on the system within the class of the selected object.

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Create Another Menu Feature

      Disclosed is a menu, associated with an object selected from a
program window screen, allowing the user of a computer system to
create another template object.  For example, a template can be used
to convert a data file into various types of finished documents or
into a spreadsheet.  To implement this feature, a conventional or
conditional cascade menu is displayed, containing a list of all
templates available on the system within the class of the selected
object.

      As a template is created or deleted, its name is automatically
added to or deleted from the cascade menus created for all objects of
the same class as the template.  When a template is selected from a
cascade menu created using this feature, a new template object is
created, corresponding to the selected object, having the class and
properties of the template.

      The Figure shows a program window screen including an icon 2
representing a document named "Letter14."  When this document is
selected, for example by moving a mouse to indicate icon 2 and by
depressing mouse button two, a "pop up" menu 4 is displayed,
providing various choices of activities which can be done with the
document.  When the activity listed as "Create another" is chosen,
the "Create Another" cascade menu 6 is displayed, providing as
choices all of the template objects in the class of the document
"Letter14."  In this example, "Letter14" is in the class of "Data
File."  The templa...