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Controlling the Editing and Location of Like Objects in an Integrated Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043957D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Tying all objects to a higher structure called an object set allows an editor to control editing rules for objects and present only those objects for creation that are valid within a given location. An object set is used to represent a grouping of one or more like data objects which an operator places within a single display area. A text paragraph and a graphic art form will occupy different display areas. As such, the paragraph and the picture are represented by a text object set and a graphics object set, respectively. The concept of object sets allows the editor to determine which editing rules to apply to the data. When the operator selects an object or blank space within an object set, only options that are valid for that type of data are displayed and made accessible.

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Controlling the Editing and Location of Like Objects in an Integrated Environment

Tying all objects to a higher structure called an object set allows an editor to control editing rules for objects and present only those objects for creation that are valid within a given location. An object set is used to represent a grouping of one or more like data objects which an operator places within a single display area. A text paragraph and a graphic art form will occupy different display areas. As such, the paragraph and the picture are represented by a text object set and a graphics object set, respectively. The concept of object sets allows the editor to determine which editing rules to apply to the data. When the operator selects an object or blank space within an object set, only options that are valid for that type of data are displayed and made accessible. For example, if the operator selects a point within a graphics object set, only editing options pertaining to graphics objects are presented. This simplifies the editing rules for the operator. Thus, even a naive operator can edit an existing complex document. With the object set concept, invalid options are never available. Object set rules are also used by the editor to protect the operator from creating objects in invalid locations. The operator never has to be aware of any location restrictions because the editor has total control. When an operator is within an object set, the editor presents only valid objec...