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Methodology for Enumerated Replication Using Drag and Drop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106068D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Flores, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a drag and drop method of replicating objects and/or applications.

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Methodology for Enumerated Replication Using Drag and Drop

      Disclosed is a drag and drop method of replicating objects
and/or applications.

      Enhancing a user interface, particularly a mouse oriented
interface, is desirable.  A method for making a desktop object copy
operation straightforward from a drag and drop perspective is
desirable.  The present article implementation consists of a

REPLICATOR ICON and a set of functions associated with the ICON.  It
does not matter what the REPLICATOR ICON appears like.  It should be
sized consistently with other ICONs which appear on the desktop.  The
preferred embodiment of a replicator ICON is a copy machine.  The
REPLICATOR ICON can be dragged to any location on the desktop and is
placed onto the desktop as a result of invocation of the associated
program.  A user only has to drag an object to the REPLICATOR ICON,
press the left mouse button the number of times equal to the number
of object copies needed and then drag the unit of copies to the
desired desktop position.  The copied object results in having never
been moved from its original position after the copy operation is
performed.  Objects as a result of the copy can be individually
manipulated after being placed to a location as a unit.

      It is important to note arbitrary desktop objects are copied,
including applications.  For example, Operating System/2* (OS/2)
sessions, Disk Operating System (DOS) sessions, emulator sessions and
an en...