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Graphical Representation of Location in Menu Hierarchy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117672D
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Martinez, SJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a graphical method providing an Interactive Television (ITV) user with an indication of how deep he has progressed into a hierarchy of menus or how far he has travelled along a scrolling list of menu choices.

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Graphical Representation of Location in Menu Hierarchy

      Disclosed is a graphical method providing an Interactive
Television (ITV) user with an indication of how deep he has
progressed into a hierarchy of menus or how far he has travelled
along a scrolling  list of menu choices.

      Fig. 1 shows an application of this method to a hierarchical
structure of menus.  The current menu, from which choices can be
made, is displayed at the top of a stack of menus, each of which is
displaced farther downward and to the right.  The back section of the
menus in this stack is shaded or colored so that its exposed outline
can be recognized.  As the user navigates farther into the menu
structure, the shaded or colored menus take up more of the stack
(move upward); as he navigates upward in the hierarchy, the shaded or
colored menus take up less of the stack (move downward).  The purpose
of this is to give the user an idea of how deep he is in the menu
stack.  The shaded menus represent the total percent seen.  Fig. 1
represents 50% seen.  This interface can be extended to allow the
user to jump from one menu to another by selecting another menu in
the stack.

      This graphical indication is provided through the use of an
algorithm, which begins a count at a logical starting point in the
menu system.  As the user navigates deeper into the menu hierarchy,
the count is incremented; as he navigates back up, the count is
decremented.  The current count is used ...