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Graphical Technique to Access Hidden Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037601D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shorter, DU: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a graphical technique to visually display a layer of information below the current objects in order to overcome the deficiencies of current implementations.

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Graphical Technique to Access Hidden Information

Provided is a graphical technique to visually display a layer of information below the current objects in order to overcome the deficiencies of current implementations.

The technique provides an icon in the form of a prism. To see additional information on a visible object, the user performs a "grab and drag" operation on the icon. The icon is placed over the desired object. The graphic prism then displays the next layer of information about the object in a graphic manner in a window that automatically opens by the prism. The user can perform operations on the information displayed in the dynamic window attached to the prism. If the user moves the prism to another object, the window closes and reopens next to the prism with information for the new object.

The benefits to the end user are reduced keystrokes for opening and closing objects during browsing operations, reduced keystrokes in performing operations which operate on the layer of information below the object content, and a screen space-saving in the presentation of the dynamic window attached to the prism.

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