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Non Rolling Graphical Cardfile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038129D
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 interface based on the metaphor of a cardfile which does not "roll". When a two-dimensional computer screen representation of a cardfile rolls, the user has problems maintaining a reference or orientation within the collection. By not rolling the cards, this problem is solved.

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Non Rolling Graphical Cardfile

Provided is a graphical interface based on the metaphor of a cardfile which does not "roll". When a two-dimensional computer screen representation of a cardfile rolls, the user has problems maintaining a reference or orientation within the collection. By not rolling the cards, this problem is solved.

Cards are fixed in space as if they are laid out on a table.

Moving the window across the cards has the same effect as moving a piece of paper with a hole (window) cut in it across the table.

The cards are laid out on the table with a gradual horizontal zig-zag placement to give a depth perspective as the window scrolls vertically. The window should be large enough to see all of the cards without horizontal scrolling, if possible.

If a card is selected, rather than jumping to the front and rolling all the other cards around, it is uncovered. The card is uncovered by sliding subsequent cards down vertically. The selected card remains stationary, helping the user to maintain their orientation. If a card is de-selected, it is again partially covered in the stack.

The uncovering approach allows more than one card to be selected at a time. More than one card may be uncovered simultaneously.

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