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Scrollable Menus Using Current Menu Implementations on Graphic User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113854D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for providing a user with settings choices in a scrollable menu. This method provides a user with direct settings choices that would alternatively have been placed in a settings notebook list box.

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Scrollable Menus Using Current Menu Implementations on Graphic User
Interfaces

      A method is disclosed for providing a user with settings
choices in a scrollable menu.  This method provides a user with
direct settings choices that would alternatively have been placed in
a settings notebook list box.

      An object is presented with its context menu.  The Properties
cascaded menu is a scrollable menu in which the user can scroll by
dragging the mouse.  When the user releases the mouse button, the
choice currently under the mouse pointer is selected as the default
for that settings choice.  In the case that the entire set of choices
does not fit on the menu, an augmentation appears on the horizontal
dimension in which there is more data.  For example, in Diagram 3 of
the Figure there is more information below the currently shown list
of choices.  The list will scroll as soon as the user hits that
augmented area, and an augmentation will be added to the top of the
menu as more choices now lie out of sight in that area.  This
augmentation not only serves to indicate to the user that more
information lies in that area, but also provides a navigation form in
which the mouse button can remain depressed, thus allowing the menu
to remain visible and available for selection of a choice.