GROUPING FEATURES IN MINI-MENUS ON A USER INTERFACE
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Due to tight constraints of designing control panels for multifunctional devices like electrophotographic printing machines, in the Small Office Home Office (SOHO) market, compromises are made in the choice of features having a dedicated button or light indicator on a User Interface (UI) panel. Those not on the UI are placed in the "main menu", where they are less likely to be found by the user. Here, it is disclosed to improve this design constraint by matching features currently on the panel with other logically related features and grouping them as "mini-menus" under one button. This allows more features to have a presence on the control panel while reducing the number of features buried under the "main menu".