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Direct Access to Contained Objects via Entry Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106805D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

James, WS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method which allows users direct access to contained objects via an entry field. In today's object-oriented environment all objects are represented as icons on a desktop. These objects multiply quickly if the user works with a number of applications. Quite frequently the user will group similar objects in a single folder to reduce the clutter on the desktop. Objects may be several layers deep, i.e., folders within folders. The user is then required to always go through a multiple step process in order to open these objects. In the current operating environment, the user must first open the folder and then open the object of interest. In addition to the time that is required for this operation, the user then has to close the folder that was opened to select the object in the first place.

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Direct Access to Contained Objects via Entry Field

      Disclosed is a method which allows users direct access to
contained objects via an entry field.  In today's object-oriented
environment all objects are represented as icons on a desktop.  These
objects multiply quickly if the user works with a number of
applications.  Quite frequently the user will group similar objects
in a single folder to reduce the clutter on the desktop.  Objects may
be several layers deep, i.e., folders within folders.  The user is
then required to always go through a multiple step process in order
to open these objects.  In the current operating environment, the
user must first open the folder and then open the object of interest.
In addition to the time that is required for this operation, the user
then has to close the folder that was opened to select the object in
the first place.  Note that if the folder is several layers deep,
this process must be repeated several times.

      A related publication, Direct Access to Contained Objects Via
Cascade Menu described a methodology by which users would be given an
additional open option when they select a folder object.  That option
would allow the user to directly open a contained object without
first opening the folder.  Currently the user may choose to open the
folder to a variety of views such as icon or settings.  The
additional option would allow the user to choose an option such as
"open specific object".  Selection of the choice in that
implementation would cause another list to appear in a cascade menu
that lists the objects contained in that object, in this case a
folder.  Note the selection of an object in this list would
automatically cause this list to disappear.  This would eliminate the
number of actions/time required to open a specific object while
reducing the possibility of user error.  However, that solution does
not directly solve the problem of having multiple ne...