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Direct Access to Contained Objects via a Cascaded Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104508D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

James, WS: AUTHOR

Abstract

In today's object-oriented environment all objects are represented as icons on a desktop. These objects very quickly multiply if the user works with a number of applications. Quite frequently the user will group similar objects in a single folder to reduce the clutter on the desktop. The user is then required to always go through a multiple step process in order to open these objects. In the current operating environment, the user must first open the folder and then open the object of interest. In addition to the time that is required for this operation, the user then has to close the folder that was opened to select the object in the first place.

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Direct Access to Contained Objects via a Cascaded Menu

      In today's object-oriented environment all objects are
represented as icons on a desktop.  These objects very quickly
multiply if the user works with a number of applications.  Quite
frequently the user will group similar objects in a single folder to
reduce the clutter on the desktop.  The user is then required to
always go through a multiple step process in order to open these
objects.  In the current operating environment, the user must first
open the folder and then open the object of interest.  In addition to
the time that is required for this operation, the user then has to
close the folder that was opened to select the object in the first
place.

      This methodology gives the user an additional open option when
selecting a folder object.  That option would allow the user to
directly open a contained object without first opening the folder.
Currently, the user may choose to open the folder to a variety of
views such as icons or settings.  The additional option would allow
the user to choose an option such as "open specific object".
Selection of this choice would cause another list to appear in a
cascade menu that lists the objects contained in that object, in this
case a folder.  Note that selection of an object in this list would
automatically cause this list to disappear.  This would eliminate the
number of actions/time required to open a specific object while
reducing the possibility o...