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Contextual Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119566D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique for context-sensitive information controls which eliminate deficiencies with the use of conventional techniques.

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Contextual Controls

      Provided is a technique for context-sensitive information
controls which eliminate deficiencies with the use of conventional
techniques.

      The Contextual Control is a solution to many of the problems
encountered during interaction with menus.  The Contextual Control is
essentially hidden from the user until a request is made for
additional information on a menu.  To interact with an information
field, the user merely points at the field on a menu and requests
that its Contextual Control be displayed, using either pointer or
keyboard interaction techniques.  The result of the request is that
the system displays the control associated with the field in either a
horizontal or vertical layout.  The interaction behavior of the
Contextual Control is similar to context menus in OS/2* Presentation
Manager*.  The control can contain textual, graphic, or other types
of selection information.  Help can be requested for the information
while interacting with the Contextual Control or in the original form
of the field.  The Contextual Control can be used to combine or
replace many existing features of windowing systems, e.g., controls
like min/max, close, rename, etc., in order to simplify window
presentation.

      The benefits to an end user include new functionality, improved
learning of menus and systems in general, simpler and more visual
menus, more effective use of screen space, and a consistent use of
context menus across distin...