Method for operating a computer which searches for operational symbols and executes functions corresponding to the operational symbols in response to user inputted signal
Method and apparatus for removable menu window Patent #: 4931783
ApplicationNo. 700729 filed on 05/15/1991
US Classes:715/530, Edit, composition, or storage control715/512, Annotation control715/839, Imitating real life object715/866Miscellaneous customization or adaptation
ExaminersPrimary: Envall, Roy N. Jr.
Assistant: Poinvil, Frantzy
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassG06F 015/403
AbstractA user interface element having a plurality of user interface elements for marking, finding, organizing, and processing data within documents stored in an associated computer system are described. Each element typically has an appearance which is uniquely related to the data or the function the element is designed to represent or perform, respectively. In their simplest form, these elements are only used to mark data within a document. Each element, however, can also be programmed to cause the computer to perform some function in association with the marked data, such as printing the data or mailing the data to someone. A user can select particular data within a document using an element and have that data associated with the element in memory. Data marked with common elements can be found by searching for a particular representative element in memory. Users can create their own elements, program elements with their own desired functionality, and modify existing elements. Elements can also be compounded together so as to cause a combination of tasks to be performed by simply activating one element.