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Conveying Pertinent Information Through a Secured System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106565D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of automatically associating data between multiple objects on the desktop. This is accomplished by simply repositioning the application windows on the desktop, and surfacing a new cross-application menu whenever the application objects intersect or touch each other. Then the data transactions are driven by the user's response to the new menu.

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Conveying Pertinent Information Through a Secured System

      Disclosed is a method of automatically associating data between
multiple objects on the desktop.  This is accomplished by simply
repositioning the application windows on the desktop, and surfacing a
new cross-application menu whenever the application objects intersect
or touch each other.  Then the data transactions are driven by the
user's response to the new menu.

      For example, suppose a user drags a meeting notice from the
electronic mail window to the calendar window, in order to
automatically post it on the calendar.  During the drag, when the two
windows touch or intersect, a new pulldown panel is surfaced,
offering new functions that are now available to the user, but only
when both application are running on the desktop and intersecting.
Various embodiments surface new menu options by virtue of
applications being on the desktop simultaneously.  For example, since
electronic mail receives meeting notices, and those notices can be
posted to the calendar, the user can now elect to have all new
meeting notices automatically posted to the calendar as soon as they
arrive.  Or, the user could stripe some text in an electronic mail
note, and have the striped area posted to the calendar.

      As more objects join the desktop intersection, more options
become available.  For example:

o   Electronic mail and calendar:  Option to post mail to the
    calendar.

o   Electronic mail, c...