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Intelligent Object Oriented Graphics

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103292D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stanford, J: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a tool which allows non-programmers to define and manipulate graphics through an intelligent, friendly user interface. The user defines a set of icons through the interface. The icons are treated as objects by the software. Through a spreadsheet-type interface the user would then define rules for manipulating the icons. For example, the user could state: IF icons#3 (747-airplane) moves to icon#17 (gate-17) THEN flash icon#3 AND turn icon#17 (gate-17) blue AND move icon#4 (tug) to icon#17 (gate-17).

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Intelligent Object Oriented Graphics

      This article describes a tool which allows non-programmers to
define and manipulate graphics through an intelligent, friendly user
interface.  The user defines a set of icons through the interface.
The icons are treated as objects by the software.  Through a
spreadsheet-type interface the user would then define rules for
manipulating the icons.  For example, the user could state:
      IF icons#3 (747-airplane) moves to icon#17 (gate-17)
      THEN flash icon#3
      AND turn icon#17 (gate-17) blue
      AND move icon#4 (tug) to icon#17 (gate-17).
      The potential uses for such a system would be:
      o    development of schedules (so the events would be shown on
charts in proper relation to each other as dates and dependencies
changed)
      o    development of business graphics, charts, foils
      o    development of user interface displays
      o    rapid prototyping
      o    rapid updating of previously created user displays without
requiring programming assistance.

      Disclosed anonymously.