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Briefcase Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105915D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pascoe, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI) means for managing data an end user may wish to port to another workstation by means of a portable data medium (ex., floppy disk).

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Briefcase Object

      This invention provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI) means
for managing data an end user may wish to port to another workstation
by means of a portable data medium (ex., floppy disk).

      Consider a GUI container object called "Briefcase".  The Icon
for this object is a graphic of a briefcase.  The Briefcase container
object represents a specific floppy disk you use to port data to
another computer.  Double clicking on this Icon will provide a list
of the objects (files) contained on the floppy disk drive to which
the Icon is associated.  Objects may be dragged from anywhere on the
desk top to the Briefcase object resulting in a copy of the object
being written to the floppy disk in the drive.  Objects may be
dragged from the Briefcase container object list to the desk top or
to other container objects.  This will result in a copy of the object
being transferred to the drop location.

      The primary use of the Briefcase object is for end users who
carry their data from one workstation to another (i.e., take work
home to do on their home computer, transport data to another user on
floppy disk).

Features of this invention are:

o   Multiple Briefcase objects may occur on the desk top at any one
    time.  This could represent two floppy drives, or two or more
    individual floppy disks that may be inserted into a single floppy
    drive, or a combination of both.
o   Each Briefcase object will have two identifying characteristics:
    a drive identifier, and a logical name.
o   The logical name is a name given to the physical floppy disk by
    the end user.  This name will more than likely be the same name
    that the user has written on the floppy disk's label.  The
    logical name will be recorded on the floppy disk when the 'new'
    Briefcase object is invoked.  The name will be read from the
    floppy disk when an 'existing' Briefcase object is opened.
o   The drive identifier would be the letter "A" or "B" depending on
    which physical floppy drive the floppy disk represented by the
    ICON is currently installed.  There can be only one ICON with
    visible unique physical drive ID, and that is the Briefcase
    object that corresponds to the floppy disk currently installed in
    that drive.
o   To create a Briefcase Object, the user accesses the Briefcase
    template and drops it on the desk top.  The user then opens
    (i.e., double clicks on) the object.
o   A dialog box is presented asking the user for the drive number to
    associate with the object.  The object then opens th...