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List Style to Display Icon Grid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102868D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Black, R: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for providing a style of list that supports icons in a grid. Applications can easily manage a single list interface. The presentation of the list can be easily transformed to this style through the use of a message. The grid style allows the user much flexibility in personalizing his list screens. This is especially important in a direct manipulation-oriented system.

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List Style to Display Icon Grid

      This article describes a method for providing a style of list
that supports icons in a grid. Applications can easily manage a
single list interface. The presentation of the list can be easily
transformed to this style through the use of a message.  The grid
style allows the user much flexibility in personalizing his list
screens.  This is especially important in a direct
manipulation-oriented system.

      Current list controls do not support the changing of the
presentation style to that of an icon grid.  This style allows the
user to move/copy icons to row/column positions in a grid.

      The solution provided allows an application the ability to
change the current presentation style to that of an icon grid.  The
list control will keep an icon bitmap and a text string for each item
in list.  List will track the row/column positions of the list items
and maintain the sort sequence.  Thus, the original sequence will
appear if the application switches back to text or another of the
non-grid styles. On notification (by message) of a format change to
this style,  the list will repaint the screen using the icon grid
with text on top style.

      Disclosed anonymously.