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Multiple Visual Occurrences of a Single Object Instance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102732D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Conner, HK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described which allows for multiple visual occurrences of a single object instance in an iconic user interface environment.

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Multiple Visual Occurrences of a Single Object Instance

      A method is described which allows for multiple visual
occurrences of a single object instance in an iconic user interface
environment.

      In a multi-window, iconic user interface, it is sometimes
difficult to locate an object due to the fact that the object
instantiation in the interface is a direct reflection of the
'location' of the represented object in the underlying computer
storage framework (e.g., two levels deep in a subdirectory structure
in the file system) and only appears in one place in the interface.
That place may be obscured by overlapping windows, etc.

      In the new method an object can appear to be in several places
simultaneously.  Each visual occurrence of the object is actually a
reference to a single, unique instance of the object in the
underlying storage framework.

      The unique instance of the object implements a 'copy reference'
method which, when invoked, returns a copy of the iconic
representation of the object instance.  These 'copies' can be placed
where they are most convenient in the interface.  Copy objects are
altered slightly in appearance (e.g., color, shading, name prefix,
etc.) so that the user will know that this is a copy reference to an
actual object elsewhere in the interface.

      Disclosed anonymously.