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Spin Actions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111574D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed for placing the most common actions for a particular application in a single button (called a Spin Action button).

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Spin Actions

      A technique is disclosed for placing the most common actions
for a particular application in a single button (called a Spin Action
button).

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).

        Note: For 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...