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Augmented ToolTip Support for Menus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016106D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jul-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Problem ToolTip is sometimes used to provide a short description of a menu item's functionality. However, when a menu item is disabled, users often don't know why and how to re-enable it. Users are usually left on their own to do "trial and error" exploration to find out why a menu item is disabled and how to re-enable it. This is often a tedious and frustrating user experience. I propose an augmented ToolTip mechanism to solve this problem. User Interface Invention An augmented ToolTip user interface design is proposed to support menus. The values of this UI design are the following: