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Direct Manipulation of Icons in Place of Text Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102930D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR

Abstract

In order to accomplish tasks with a computer, a user often has to specify an object to use. Traditionally, the user must type an identification of an object to use. Typing the object identification is time consuming and requires the user know what the object identification text is.

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Direct Manipulation of Icons in Place of Text Entry

      In order to accomplish tasks with a computer, a user often has
to specify an object to use.  Traditionally, the user must type an
identification of an object to use.  Typing the object identification
is time consuming and requires the user know what the object
identification text is.

      This invention provides the user with an alternative to typing
in the object's identification text.  In an object- oriented user
interface, representations of objects exist throughout the system.
For example, an icon is a graphical representation of an object.
Using direct manipulation, the user may drag the graphical
representation for an object to the entry field.  This results in the
object's identification text being automatically entered in the
field.

      This invention saves the user the time required to type in the
object identification text.  Also, the user no longer needs to know
what the object identification text is.  The user just needs to know
which graphical object to use.  The invention takes advantage of the
ability of people to know or find spatially where an object is.  This
is much easier than remembering the object identification text for
many objects.

      Disclosed anonymously.