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Menus as Containers of Choices for an End-User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111711D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is presented that allows a user to manipulate the choices in a menu as they do any icon or graphic on the desktop: A user can reorder the choices in a menu, remove or add choices all through direct manipulation of those choices as individual entities, and not just choices.

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Menus as Containers of Choices for an End-User

      A method is presented that allows a user to manipulate the
choices in a menu as they do any icon or graphic on the desktop: A
user can reorder the choices in a menu, remove or add choices all
through direct manipulation of those choices as individual entities,
and not just choices.

      A user, with OS/2* 2.x, is provided with a templates folder, a
menu bar in many windows, and with a standard container (the folder)
which is  used for many objects.  This solution hinges on combining
the user  metaphor of the folder with the menu bar.  A user can
consider each menu  to be a container, and each choice to be an
object within a given container.  With this paradigm in mind, this
disclosure proposes that a user be able to  create a new menu on the
menu bar by dragging a "menu container" from the templates folder or
another location onto the target menu bar.  A user can then directly
edit the name of that menu as the user would any other object in the
system (on the Mac, just click and hold; on OS/2 2.x, press the left
mouse button while holding down the Alt key).

      Once the menu is in place, a user can populate it by either
dragging  menu choices from a menu choice template (as they did to
create the menu  in the first place), or they can pull down or pop up
an existing menu, and  either move or copy a choice from that menu
via direct manipulation.  The  direct manipulation would involve
either a...