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Icon-Editing Semantics in XDE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034570D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gest, SB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Icon editing is a useful and unique feature of the XDE software development environment. It is convenient for the user to be able to edit the icons by using the same methods applied to editing text. XDE is an advanced software development environment targeted for the IBM RT PC* running IBM's proprietary UNIX** operating system AIX***. This environment presents a variety of windows, each displaying textual information. One of these windows, the source window, displays the application source text corresponding to the currently executing object, or other source that is requested by the user. This window can also be used to set breakpoints or perform various debugging operations. XDE utilizes various icons to convey certain information to the user.

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Icon-Editing Semantics in XDE

Icon editing is a useful and unique feature of the XDE software development environment. It is convenient for the user to be able to edit the icons by using the same methods applied to editing text. XDE is an advanced software development environment targeted for the IBM RT PC* running IBM's proprietary UNIX** operating system AIX***. This environment presents a variety of windows, each displaying textual information. One of these windows, the source window, displays the application source text corresponding to the currently executing object, or other source that is requested by the user. This window can also be used to set breakpoints or perform various debugging operations. XDE utilizes various icons to convey certain information to the user. For example, stop signs next to the source line indicate that a breakpoint is set at that line. A yield sign indicates that a conditional breakpoint is set at that line. An arrow indicates that the line is the next to be executed. These icons may be edited with the same operations that are used to edit text with appropriate semantics applied to each edit. For example, these icons may be selected in the same manner as text by holding the mouse button down and dragging the mouse cursor over the icon. The icon will be highlighted just as selected text is highlighted. The icon may be cut or copied to an internal buffer and later pasted to a new location. The semantics of cutting or deleting the st...