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Enhancing the Single Level Clipboard to Provide Multiple Layers Graphically

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104270D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coulombe, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for having, controlling and displaying a clipboard with multiple contents is disclosed.

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Enhancing the Single Level Clipboard to Provide Multiple Layers Graphically

      A method for having, controlling and displaying a clipboard
with multiple contents is disclosed.

      In today's graphical user environments, the contents of the
clipboard usually consists of a single object.  When a user places a
piece of information on the clipboard, the previous contents are
overwritten.  A user cannot, therefore, use the clipboard to "store"
information that is needed elsewhere.  The proposed mechanism is
complimentary to the undo feature, in that the clipboard, when
designed to be flexible, will serve as a place for users to keep
important information for later use, without requiring any knowledge
of time (either when the information was available, or when the
information is planned for later use).

      The proposed window design, in which the clipboard information
is to be shown, consists of a window with a control to indicate
desired history of clipboard contents to show, and a notebook in
which the contents for the indicated history is shown.  The history
control allows a user to specify how many levels of the clipboard are
currently of interest.  For flexibility, the graphical user
environment will maintain a large enough clipboard history to allow
the maximum user flexibility (a proposed depth is 25 layers).  In
this control, a user can specify the range and number of layers to
see, for example from layer four through 10.  The default setting
could show five layers, starting from the first, or most recent,
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