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Using Desk Top And Drawers to Predefine Paths

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102931D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brewer, SC: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This disclosure is aimed at an ease-of-use problem frequently encountered by the novice user, or a user who has access to a number of storage areas. It is often difficult to maneuver through the maze of operating system commands in order to find and retrieve the document in question.

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Using Desk Top And Drawers to Predefine Paths

      This disclosure is aimed at an ease-of-use problem frequently
encountered by the novice user, or a user who has access to a number
of storage areas.  It is often difficult to maneuver through the maze
of operating system commands in order to find and retrieve the
document in question.

      We therefore propose the use of predefined search paths which
are represented to the user as drawers, either in a filing cabinet or
desk, which can be opened, and placed upon the user's desktop.  The
process of opening the drawer will call up the list of files
predefined for that type of drive, host system, or even specific file
types.

      The use of iconic, predefined drawers allows the system
administrator to preconfigure paths for personal use, assign access
to shared drives and bring a novice user up to speed without ever
having to teach the user a single operating command.  All the user
would need to know is that the document for which they are looking is
in the second drawer on the left hand side of the desk, or the top
drawer of their filing cabinet.  This closely parallels the way
people work today and enhances the usability of the product.

      The second use of the predefined drawer would allow the user to
set up areas of current interest, and change them later if needed.
The drawers can be redefined or redirected to other paths within the
system.

      When the user opens a drawer, a window prov...