The most common type of expanding menu on Windows or Mac applications is
the cascading menu. Windows 7 introduced jump lists. Compare and
contrast jump lists to cascading menus in terms of ease of use,
intuitive design, and usability..
Jump Lists are lists of recently opened items, such as files, folders, or websites, organized by the program that you use to open them. You can use a Jump List to open items, and you can also pin favorites to a Jump List, so you can quickly get to the items that you use every day.
A cascading menu is a computer menu system in which the option selected in one menu is used to determine which options are available in the next. Developers divide the list of possible values into two or more logical levels, and each of those levels is represented in a single menu. End users can then narrow down the total list of possible options before making a final selection.
Perhaps the most common use for cascading menus is within a computer operating system. In Windows XP, for example, users navigate a cascading menu every time they click the Start button. The icons in submenus such as All Programs and Control Panel aren’t displayed until the user selects an option from the Start menu itself.
May 3rd, 2015
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