Contextual Control UI

In a direct select paradigm, users must mouse away from the currently selected objects in order to select a modification control, or use a hot key. In a WYSIWYG environment it is easier to present the formatting controls on or near the objects as not to tax the memory of novice/intermediate users. This example illustrates making modifications to one or more selected objects / text frames.

Corel - 1997

Contextual controls for a vector box, by Sanjiv Sirpal

Contextual Controls for different object types, by Sanjiv Sirpal