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Two-Level Peek on Container Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106307D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

King, CD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design approach to enable users to peek and poke container objects into two levels through different widgets. It greatly enhances the power and flexibility of a normal single-level peek function.

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Two-Level Peek on Container Objects

      Disclosed is a design approach to enable users to peek and poke
container objects into two levels through different widgets.  It
greatly enhances the power and flexibility of a normal single-level
peek function.

      The peek function previously disclosed (prior art) was focused
on the single-level peek which would reveal more information ofdata
objects.  When this concept is being applied to container
objectswhich may include other containers, the previously disclosed
peek function becomes inadequate and needs some enhancement.  A
two-level peek concept is proposed with the following features:

1.  The two-level peek is especially useful when peeking on container
    objects.

2.  A container object either contains other container objects or
    data objects.  An example would be the Calendar which may be
    viewed having 12 monthly calendars and each monthly calendar has
    many daily calendars where they may or may not have events or
    appointments.  A container reaches its lowest level when only
    data objects are being shown.

3.  In order to peek at a container object and poke into a
    second-level container or more data objects, the single-level
    peek can be enhanced by using the second mouse button to select
    control widgets (e.g., notebook tab, scroll-bar, etc.) and change
    views.

4.  Taking the graphic-based electronic calendar as an example, users
    could point to the Calendar icon and press the FIRST mouse button
    and a monthly calendar with the current month would be displayed
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