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Method for Handling Choice Conflict Between Menu Options

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064480D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Copenhaver, DB Copenhaver, MA Hearin, KK Hedgemon, L Sheppard, RK [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to eliminate the ambiguity in the management and presentation of parametric menu options created when prompt advises of conflict. In many menu-driven programs, menus are established composed of parametric options that share a dependency with other parametric options on the same menu. For these cases it is possible for an operator to enter values that are valid on an option-by-option basis, but are invalid when taken in context with values for related options. These invalid options are called "conflicting choices" and are flagged by the program by re-displaying the menu with double asterisks appended to each "conflicting choice." This is illustrated in Fig. 1 (ID- a and b).