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Menu Selection by Color Flip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041575D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Stephens, LK [+details]

Abstract

In order to make computer programs more user "friendly", the user is provided with a screen or menu which provides a list of commands or functions from which to choose. Typically, the user positions the cursor adjacent the desired command or function and presses the ENTER key. This technique is, however, subject to user error if the cursor is not correctly aligned with the desired choice. This problem is overcome by not displaying the cursor but instead reversing the color of a menu item when the cursor passes into its boundary. For example, blue letters with a white border become white letters with a blue border. As the cursor exits the boundary of the menu item, the former color combination is restored while the menu item whose boundary was entered by the cursor is reversed in color combination.