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Graphical Technique for Navigation Applicable to Hierarchical Stores

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038127D
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

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a graphical approach to navigate a hierarchical store using a single list window. This technique eliminates the potential inefficiencies and user complexity caused when multiple list windows are used to view different levels of a hierarchical store.

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Graphical Technique for Navigation Applicable to Hierarchical Stores

Provided is a graphical approach to navigate a hierarchical store using a single list window. This technique eliminates the potential inefficiencies and user complexity caused when multiple list windows are used to view different levels of a hierarchical store.

We give an example for a store consisting of a hierarchy of folders. Icons are used to depict the store hierarchy that has been traversed by the user. One icon is present for each folder at a lower level listed. These icons displayed in order according to their relative levels in a special area of the list window. This area is call the objects path area.

Previously listed folders may be selected to list that higher level of the store. To return to list a lower level of a store, the appropriate lower level folder icon may be selected.

At the lowest level currently listed, there may be a folder present in the list. To list that folder's contents, without creating another list window, the folder may be dragged to the object path list described above. A reciprocal operation of dragging objects from the objects path area to the list contents area causes the level containing the given object to be displayed in the list contents area.

The benefits to the end user are an automatic method for tracking, preserving, and showing revisions made to an object. Worksteps are saved and productivity are enhanced in environments that require extensive user...