A sidebar to the article “Of mice and menus,”
published in IEEE Spectrum, September 1989, pp. 46.
Bit map: the pixel pattern that makes up the graphic display on a computer screen.
Clicking: the motion of pressing a mouse button to initiate an action by software;
some actions require double-clicking.
Graphical user interface: the combination of windowing displays, menus, icons, and a
mouse that is increasingly used on personal computers and workstations.
Icon: an onscreen drawing that represents programs or data.
Menu: a list of command options currently available to the computer user; some
stay onscreen, while pop-up or pull-down menus are requested by the user.
Mouse: a device whose motion across a desktop or other surface causes an
onscreen cursor to move commensurately; today’s mice move on a ball and have
one, two, or three buttons.
Raster display: a cathode ray tube on which images are displayed as patterns of
dots, scanned onto the screen sequentially in a predetermined pattern of lines.
Vector display: a cathode ray tube whose gun scans lines, or vectors, onto the
Window: an area of a computer display, usually one of several, in which a
particular program is executing.