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Ease-Of-Use Feature - START Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044401D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
McMahon, RF Read, RF [+details]

Abstract

A "START" button is a key added as an ease-of-use feature to data base terminals for use by the general populace. Because the average user would be an individual inexperienced in the use of terminals, ease-of- use features are important. One such feature is to provide a distinctive "START" button which will, when depressed, bring up a menu on the display. This menu is preloaded (in non-volatile random-access memory) during terminal installation and is a list of the systems or services that may be accessed by this terminal. The items on the menu will be identified numerically or alphabetically. An alternative implementation using a touch sensitive screen would allow selection by touch-rather than selection using the A/N keyboard. The figure shows a typical layout of the menu.