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User-Defined Quick Access for Menu Navigation with Contextual Guidance for Mobile Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240746D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-25
Document File: 6 page(s) / 122K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for user-defined quick access for menu navigation with contextual guidance for mobile applications. The method uses hierarchical menus in mobile applications to provide a customization capability and shortcuts to submenu items without breaking the existing menu form.

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User-Defined Quick Access for Menu Navigation with Contextual Guidance for Mobile Applications

Mobile applications use different navigation systems to surface sophisticated functions . Hierarchical list navigation is a common form used for displaying menu items under certain categories. However, when too many layers exist in the hierarchy, the search for a specific item can be frustrating; users are forced to traverse different layers to locate the desired item, especially if the target is hidden under several layers. List navigation also poses a greater problem for rapid access by requiring extra clicks. Moreover, typical hierarchical menus require the user to memorize the path to each function, placing greater strain on the user's ease of navigation.

Figure 1: Traditional type of list navigation, requiring the user to move through several layers

A system or method is needed to improve the accessibility of desired menu options and reduce the mental effort required for menu searches in mobile application.

One existing solution comprises an expandable bottom menu in which some predefined system functions are displayed , allowing users access at any stage regardless of the current user interface (UI) context. Another approach is an inline contextual menu,

which enables some applications to provide quick access to certain actionable items through a content -based menu. However, the quick access items are predefined and difficult to customize, and the menus only surface a single layer hierarchy.

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The novel solution is a method for user-defined quick access for menu navigation with contextual guidance for mobile applications. The method uses hierarchical menus in mobile applications to provide a customization capability and shortcuts to submenu items

without breaking the existing menu for...