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Static Titles in Menus to Group Menu Choices into Logical Groups

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113434D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is disclosed for grouping sections of a menu into common choices by means of a common word, phrase, or graphic, without cascading the subsequent choices, and without repeating that key word, phrase or graphic.

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Static Titles in Menus to Group Menu Choices into Logical Groups

      A method is disclosed for grouping sections of a menu into
common choices by means of a common word, phrase, or graphic, without
cascading the subsequent choices, and without repeating that key
word, phrase or graphic.

      The solution takes the notion of separators and titles, and
creates a fourth type of menu choice, that of a word-separator.  This
takes the place of the separator line and still provides for a visual
grouping effect.  For example, the Figure shows the current situation
on the left and a possible rendition of a newly designed menu on the
right.  Those groups for which the choices have some commonality can
have that commonality expressed in a word or phrase that is placed in
the word-separator.  This allows the choices in that group to avoid
repeating that key word or phrase, and focuses instead on how that
choice affects or fits into that group.

      The Figure illustrates two points.  The first is the case where
no word is normally repeated, but relies on a user experience to
understand the underlying commonality of the clipboard.  The new menu
makes this commonality clear, in that the word "Clipboard" is used as
the word-separator, and then the cut, copy, and paste choices are
placed within that group.  This can be taken a step further by
additionally identifying to which clipboard, in the case of many,
these choices apply.

      The second point is the case where a word or concept is
repeated in the choice words to point out commonalities.  In this
case, the action commonality is Select, while one choice selects all
and the other choice selects none.  The normal solution is to have
two choices, Select all and Deselect all.  However, we can now
eliminate the words "Select" from both choices, and transform the
menu into the Select category, with the All and None choices to
further clarify the category.

      Possible implementation - Implementation can be accomplished
with an additional menu style.  Following is an example of a menu in
PM:
 MENU ICOSAMPLE  /*Context menu Sample       */
 BEGIN
    MENUITEM    "Undo",                    PMIUNDO,
    MENUITEM    "Redo",                    PMIREDO,
    MENUITEM    "",                             -1,MIS_SEPARATOR
    MENUITEM    "Cut",                       PMICUT,
    MENUITEM    "Copy",                    PMICOPY,
    MENUITEM    "Paste",                    PMIPASTE,
    MENUITEM    "",                             -1,MIS_SEPARATOR
    MENUITEM    "Select all",             PMISELALL,
    MENUITEM    "Des...