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Method to automatically group graphic objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014083D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kazuhiro Gotoh: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to automatically group graphic objects. This technique reduces the users' troublesome operation when grouping objects. Recently, a concept becomes general, that uses "objects" as the basic elements and manages them on the editing area to design and build the graphics contents for a Web page. When moving or saving several objects, they are often connected so that they are treated as a single unit. This idea is called "grouping". However, it is troublesome for users to choose necessary objects and to connect them into a group. Users need to repeat the operations whenever they want to group the objects.

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Method to automatically group graphic objects

Disclosed is a technique to automatically group graphic objects.
This technique reduces the users' troublesome operation when grouping objects.

Recently, a concept becomes general, that uses "objects" as the basic elements and manages them on
the editing area to design and build the graphics contents for a Web page.

When moving or saving several objects, they are often connected so that they are treated as a single unit.
This idea is called "grouping".

However, it is troublesome for users to choose necessary objects and to connect them into a group.
Users need to repeat the operations whenever they want to group the objects.

Normally, the objects to be grouped later are gathered in an area, and do not overlap with those of other
groups.

If they are automatically connect into a group, users need not to repeat the operations (select and connect).

Grouping objects using their positions and sizes can be solved by the intersection of their rectangles.
If their rectangles overlap, they can be connected in a group.

Also, to add some margin to the rectangles and check their intersection,
objects they are not overlapped but in the neighborhood can be connected.

To provide the above conditions helps users to group objects more flexible.

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