14.3.6 Adding menu components
188.8.131.52 Standard menu components A standard menu component can be used to group related menu commands that would otherwise be placed as direct children of the menu bar they populate. This offers several advantages.
Click Component in the button bar to add a standard menu component to the current interface. Menu components must be added as the children of a menu. Menu components are not visible in the interface skeleton until at least one item or submenu has been added, using the Item or Menu buttons.
- Related menu items (such as Cut, Copy, and Paste) are grouped with respect to their code definitions, as well as their physical location in an interface. This encourages a more logical structure which makes for a better design philosophy.
- Using standard menu components to group related items is particularly useful when re-arranging a menu system. Groups of items may be moved in one action, rather than moving each item individually.
- Grouping items together using standard menu components adds a separator which improves the physical appearance of any menu.
Menu items added to a standard menu component appear as standard menu items in that component.
Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0 - 18 OCT 1996
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