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Use of Dialog Box Button to List Possible Actions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119847D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, RA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes three methods for using a single button in a dialog box to contain multiple actions. This is used when a dialog box has several infrequently used buttons that can be put onto one button to avoid crowding the window.

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Use of Dialog Box Button to List Possible Actions

      This article describes three methods for using a single
button in a dialog box to contain multiple actions.  This is used
when a dialog box has several infrequently used buttons that can be
put onto one button to avoid crowding the window.

      The first method is to define a button that is a list button.
This button would give the user access to several lesser-used
actions.  The following diagrams illustrate this point:

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      When the user clicks on Button 1 or 2, he would have its action
performed.  However, if he were to click on the Button List, he would
be presented with the list of actions associated with the button:  At
this point, the user can now select an action from the list.

      The second method of putting multiple actions against one
dialog button is described in the following diagram:

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      In this method, the user would select the up-arrow and
down-arrow keys to navigate through the list of actions that are
valid for the button.  As he did, the button numbers would update to
let him know where he was in the list of actions.  The button text
would also update to let him know what the current action is.

      The third method of putting multiple actions against one dialog
button is as follows:

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