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Pockets for Drag and Drop Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103776D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alford Jr, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for allowing a user to pick up and carry objects during a drag and drop operation. The user places the object in a virtual pocket. Once the object is in the pocket, the user is able to carry the object from place to place within an application, and from folder to folder. Once the user has found the place that he/she wants to drop the object, the user retrieves the object from the pocket and drops it into place.

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Pockets for Drag and Drop Operations

      Disclosed is a technique for allowing a user to pick up and
carry objects during a drag and drop operation.  The user places the
object in a virtual pocket.  Once the object is in the pocket, the
user is able to carry the object from place to place within an
application, and from folder to folder.  Once the user has found the
place that he/she wants to drop the object, the user retrieves the
object from the pocket and drops it into place.

      Currently, drag and drop operations do not allow for a way to
drag and drop onto another object that is not immediately visible.
For such operations, using the clipboard is still the only method
possible.  The solution is to provide a method for the user to
temporarily store the object that has been picked up.

      The following can be used for a two-button mouse:
  a) Select the object.
  b) Press and hold mouse button 2 on the object to pick it up for
drag and drop.
  c) Press mouse button 1 to pocket the object.
  d) Change the cursor to show that the object is in the pocket.
  e) Use the mouse to find the object that is the target of the drag
and drop operation.
  f) Press and release mouse button 2 on the object to drop the
object onto the target.

      For a one-button mouse, a key sequence will need to be used in
conjunction with the press and hold to pocket the object.  Once the
target is found, a key/mouse click will drop the object.

      Users w...