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Menu Item With Cipher Lock

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119466D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gursky, M: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer menu time which contains a software cipher lock and accompanying graphic icon which limits access to the function provided by the menu item. The menu item has small pictures of buttons beneath it which the user can point to in order to enter a password. For example, four buttons may reside beneath the menu text, and the button icons may be triggered (by pointing with a mouse) in the correct order in order to access the menu function.

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Menu Item With Cipher Lock

      Disclosed is a computer menu time which contains a software
cipher lock and accompanying graphic icon which limits access to the
function provided by the menu item.  The menu item has small pictures
of buttons beneath it which the user can point to in order to enter a
password.  For example, four buttons may reside beneath the menu
text, and the button icons may be triggered (by pointing with a
mouse) in the correct order in order to access the menu function.

      As an example of use, consider a menu-driven computer software
program, such as an employee information (such as department, serial
number, etc.).  Some information, such as health records, should be
restricted to users with proper security level.  Menu items can still
be used to access such information but they contain a multi-button
icon beneath the menu.  The button icons much be selected in proper
order to obtain the information.  For example, four buttons can be
used, each having a number on the button face.

      The cipher lock may contain two or more buttons, and each
button may be color coded (the password can consist of a sequence of
colors, if desired).

      Another important application of the cipher lock concept is for
menu-driven software code still under development while people still
use the working part of the code.  Program developers can access
parts of the code still being worked on using menu items with a
cipher lock. Another use inc...