Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]
A technique is disclosed for placing the most common actions for a particular application in a single button (called a Spin Action button).
is disclosed for placing the most common actions
for a particular application in a single button (called a Spin Action
o The Spin Action
button will contain the list of functions common
to every object within an application. For example, in the
Inbasket the Spin Action button will contain Open, Delete,
Forward, Reply, Move and Copy.
o This button can be implemented in a few ways:
- The button can appear next to each Inbasket
(or Address Book,
or Calendar) item in a list. In this case, the user would
spin to the desired action to be performed on the
corresponding object and then press the button (Fig. 1).
this implementation, the object will not have to be
selected first since each object has its own corresponding
Spin Action button.
- One button can appear in an obvious and
consistent place in
the window (such as the upper left corner or on a tool bar).
Users can spin the button to the desired action, and then
drag-and-drop the button on the object on which he/she
desires the action to be performed (Fig. 2).
- The spin button can work on multiple objects
as well. For
example, to discard 3 Inbasket items at once, the user can
select all three items, spin the Spin Action button t...