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Graphical Technique to Add an Entry to an Address Book

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038123D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique which allows users to select information in one object and perform other operations based upon the selection in other objects in order to overcome the difficulties of current methods.

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Graphical Technique to Add an Entry to an Address Book

Provided is a technique which allows users to select information in one object and perform other operations based upon the selection in other objects in order to overcome the difficulties of current methods.

Users are provided with conventional techniques of selecting information, e.g., using a mouse pointer to mark a text name in a document. In addition, the user is provided with the capability of using direct manipulation to drag the selected object or a shadow-box image of it to another object and performing defaulted or user specified actions. For example, a user can select the name of a person in a document. The information can be dragged to an icon for an address book. The system automatically performs a default action like searching for the marked name in the address book; if the name is found, the address book entry is displayed; if the name is not found in the address book, it is automatically added and the system attempts resolution of telephone and mailing information.

The benefits to the user include new function, reduced keystrokes for operations which cross objects, enhanced productivity and usability, and a more natural method of performing certain operations.

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