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Methodology for Dynamic Menu Escalation Selection for Pull-Down Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111578D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often users are selecting the same menu choices within a graphical desktop environment. Current systems typically display the menu choices in the same format, regardless of the user's previous choices. Prior methods of menuing choices provide means for disengaging choices from a menu. The prior methods, typically, gray out menuing options which are not permissible within the current mode of the application. Such systems attempt to restrict and inform the user of choices which can not be selected. These prior methods are helpful for restricting and conveying possible choices for a user. This invention addresses a different problem. Many users of menuing systems are often confronted with a series of pull-down menus followed by another series of pull-down menus.

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Methodology for Dynamic Menu Escalation Selection for Pull-Down Menu

      Often users are selecting the same menu choices within a
graphical desktop environment.  Current systems typically display the
menu choices in the same format, regardless of the user's previous
choices.  Prior methods of menuing choices provide means for
disengaging choices from a menu.  The prior methods, typically, gray
out menuing options which are not permissible within the current mode
of the application.  Such systems attempt to restrict and inform the
user of choices which can not be selected.  These prior methods are
helpful for restricting and conveying possible choices for a user.
This invention addresses a different problem.  Many users of menuing
systems are often confronted with a series of pull-down menus
followed by another series of pull-down menus.  For example, a user,
upon selecting an item from a pull-down menu, is presented with
another pull-down menu with additional options (Figure).  With the
increase of WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pull-Down) systems, users
are often performing a barrage of navigational exercises with menus.
Many of the navigation operations are often repeated by users, yet
the menuing system does not utilize the previously selected options
as information.  Users desire methods by which their previously
selected menu options can be used to decrease the amount of
navigational operations necessary to execute an operation.

      Provided is a method by which a pull-down menuing system
escalates previously selected items on a menuing system.  More
specifically, the invention addresses a method for adding menu items
for short-cut paths into selections of the menu system.  The
invention differs from prior methods by adding the user's previously
selected choices as new menu items within a previously layered menu
system.  Prior methods have addressed this problem by providing a
short-cut and macros; however the prior methods require the user to
know the...