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Related Item Index for Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116608D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Yoshida, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism that makes it easy for a user to execute a function of an application program without searching through a large number of menu panels. An index panel similar to the index of a book is provided for this purpose.

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Related Item Index for Graphical User Interface

      Disclosed is a mechanism that makes it easy for a user to
execute a function of an application program without searching
through a large number of menu panels.  An index panel similar to the
index of a book is provided for this purpose.

      As shown in Fig. 1, an "Index" button is provided on the menu
bar of the application program.

      When the user presses the index button, the mechanism pulls
down the index panel and shows buttons for the first letter or word
of all the functions supported in the program in alphabetical order,
or some other order.

      When a letter or word on the index panel is chosen by pressing
the button, the mechanism displays the next menu panel and lists all
the items classified under that letter or word.

      When any of the items is chosen, the mechanism executes the
function in the same way as when the function is selected from the
usual menu.  This mechanism allows the user to execute the intended
function without having to search for it in a large number of the
usual sub-menu panels.

Figs. 1 and 2 show an example:
  1.  Pressing the "index" button displays a sub-menu listing the
first
       letters of the names of all supported functions, in
alphabetical
       order.
  2.  Pressing the "S" button displays a sub-menu listing the names
of
       all the functions that begin with the letter "S".
  3.  Pressing the "Sobel Filter" button...