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Append Feature for Clipboards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105093D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mann, TL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Computer clipboards are areas of storage provided by the operating system to hold data temporarily. A user can copy/create/move objects to and from the clipboard. The problem is that only one copy/create/move operation can be performed at a time because the information on the clipboard is replaced with each operation. Therefore, if the user wants to cut/copy/move information from different sources, the user must repeat this sequence of actions for each object.

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Append Feature for Clipboards

      Computer clipboards are areas of storage provided by the
operating system to hold data temporarily.  A user can
copy/create/move objects to and from the clipboard.  The problem is
that only one copy/create/move operation can be performed at a time
because the information on the clipboard is replaced with each
operation.  Therefore, if the user wants to cut/copy/move information
from different sources,  the user must repeat this sequence of
actions for each object.

      The proposed idea allows one to view, edit, and either append
or replace information to one's clipboard.  The following example
illustrates the concept.

      Suppose a project manager is creating a status report he wishes
to print for his team.  Information required for this report is
contained in the following sources:

o   Graphic illustration kept in a project schedule document.
o   Staffing requirements shown as a chart and kept in a resource
    planning file.
o   Project activities/milestones shown in a chart and kept in a
    project management tool.
o   Financial information kept in a financial file and shown as a pie
    chart.

      Using the existing techniques, the user would have to select
each piece of information, copy it to the clipboard, and paste it
into the desired destination.  The user would then repeat these steps
for each piece of information.  The user would then edit the
destination document and send it to the printer.

      With the proposed invention, the u...