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Adjusting content attributes through actions on context based menu

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Adjusting content attributes through actions on context based menu

Context based menus are employed for content attribute adjustment through touch or gesture actions, keyboard entries, mouse or pen actions, and similar input. Context based menus are deployed to adjust displayed attributes of content. In some examples, a slider enables the user to visually confirm selected attribute such as a font size. Other content attributes may be adjusted using context based attribute menus providing granular adjustment for incremental attribute values. Attributes including line weights and gradient based values are adjustable through context based attribute menus.
Related Terms: Keyboard Menus Slider Ranula

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130019204 - Class: 715833 (USPTO) - 01/17/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >On-screen Workspace Or Object >Menu Or Selectable Iconic Array (e.g., Palette) >Slider Control

Inventors: Matthew Kotler, Erez Kikin Gil, Vignesh Sachidanandam

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130019204, Adjusting content attributes through actions on context based menu.

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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Applications Serial No. 61/507,983 and 61/556,945 filed on Jul. 14, 2011 and Nov. 8, 2011, respectively. The disclosures of the provisional patent applications are hereby incorporated by reference for all purposes.


With the proliferation of computing and networking technologies, two aspects of computing devices have become prevalent: non-traditional (e.g., mouse and keyboard) input mechanisms and smaller form factors. User interfaces for all kinds of software applications have been designed taking typical screen sizes and input mechanisms into account. Thus, user interactions in conventional systems are presumed to be through keyboard and mouse type input devices and a minimum screen size that enables users to interact with the user interface at a particular precision.

Limited display real estate burdens many portable devices from providing full featured content management functionality. Furthermore, gestural commanding is not efficient using conventional menus including support for limited displays or just taking into account where the user\'s finger/mouse/pen is. Additionally, display devices such as projectors, monitors, and televisions may lack controls for providing content management functionality. Modern software solutions such as on screen keyboards may be awkward to type and encompass valuable display area. Lack of adequate software solutions for managing content on non-traditional devices largely limit device use to content consumption. Carrying multiple devices for content management and consumption defeats portability and unnecessarily takes away from an enriching singular source for content consumption and management.

One of the challenging functionality control areas is content attribute management such as font size/color/style for textual content, thickness and various styles for graphical content. For example, font sizes are provided in preset values listed in a drop-down or similar menu in conventional systems, which may not be a natural way for a user to interact using touch or gestures. Similarly, graphics such as lines may have various attributes (thickness, corner styles, color, dash style, etc.) that need to be presented to a user in an intuitive, user-friendly manner for the user to be able to interact through new input technologies.


This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to exclusively identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

Embodiments are directed to adjusting content attributes through a context based menu. Context based menus may be deployed for variety of scenarios for content management. An application according to embodiments may present the context based menu upon selection of content or upon activation of a context based menu control. Content attributes such as font size, style, graphics line weight, style, and similar ones may be presented in an intuitive manner such that selection can be made easily through non-traditional input methods such as touch or gesture. Some attributes may be presented with visual examples. Through a hierarchical approach submenus may be activated for further detailed selection of available commands through the selection of items on a top level context based menu. Furthermore, selection of attribute values on a linear or otherwise spectrum may be enabled through a sliding action that allows continuous value selection as opposed to distinct values presented in traditional menus.

These and other features and advantages will be apparent from a reading of the following detailed description and a review of the associated drawings. It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are explanatory and do not restrict aspects as claimed.


FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate some example devices, where context based font or attribute menus may be employed;

FIG. 2 illustrates an example context based menu with controls to adjust an attribute of content according to embodiments;

FIG. 3 illustrates example scenarios for using context based menu according to embodiments;

FIG. 4 illustrates other example scenarios for using context based menu according to embodiments;

FIG. 5 illustrates examples of context based menus for adjusting font types and styles according to embodiments;

FIG. 6 illustrates an example of a context based menu for adjusting a line thickness attribute of graphical content according to embodiments;

FIG. 7 is a networked environment, where a system according to embodiments may be implemented;

FIG. 8 is a block diagram of an example computing operating environment, where embodiments may be implemented; and

FIG. 9 illustrates a logic flow diagram for a process of adjusting content attributes through a context based menu in touch and gesture enabled devices according to embodiments.

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