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Adding and Removing Icons from a Multi-Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104184D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shrader, TJL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for users to conveniently construct and destruct multi-icons. The multi-icon in graphical environments represents two or more icons of the same type. In the default design, the graphical environment automatically combines "like" icons and separates them as the user generates or removes like icons from the desktop. This disclosure gives the user additional flexibility in using multi-icons.

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Adding and Removing Icons from a Multi-Icon

      Disclosed is a method for users to conveniently construct and
destruct multi-icons.  The multi-icon in graphical environments
represents two or more icons of the same type.  In the default
design, the graphical environment automatically combines "like" icons
and separates them as the user generates or removes like icons from
the desktop.  This disclosure gives the user additional flexibility
in using multi-icons.

      A multi-icon represents multiple icons of the same type.  For
example, two minimized icons of Query Manager application windows
would be of the same type.  (Icons are not only different between
applica tions, but they are also different if the icon represents a
minimized, opened, or unopened application window.)  Each multi-icon
representation is unique according to the shared attributes of its
members.  When the user uses the right mouse button to double-click
on the icon, the user will get a list of the icons that the
multi-icon represents.  With this list, the user can choose one of
the icon entries and have the applica tion window appear.  The
multi-icon concept solves the glut of "like" icons that can exist in
the OS/2* 2.0 environment.  However, in the default multi-icon
design, the desktop automatically consolidates and decomposes the
multi-icon as the user creates and deletes like icons from the
desktop.  This disclosure provides the user with a way to construct
multi-icons out of like icons, as well remove an icon entry from a
multi-icon.  The user can still have the desktop automatically
maintain multi-icons...