Method for Enhancing Visual Perception of Menu Box Displayed in Multiple Steps
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
In DisplayWrite 4, each menu is displayed in a multiple-step process. This is a restriction imposed by available random-access memory (RAM). A method is described in which the operator's perception of the display of the menu approaches that of a single-step process. A requirement of the DisplayWrite 4 User Interface is that the menus be displayed within a box or menu border. This is in a multi- step process as follows: 1. Display the menu border, 2. Display the menu title (if any), 3. Display the menu text, 4. Display the menu select line (if any), and 5. Display blobs and mnemonic underscoring (Directive menus only). With this approach, the DisplayWrite 4 main task selection menu (taken as a typical example) requires a menu text buffer size of 181 bytes.