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Emphasis on ICON for Relation with Object in Another Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106848D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a visual cue to users showing that a relationship exists between an object they are currently viewing and objects outside their current view. Today's graphical user interfaces allow the user to see the various objects that exist in their computing environment. The user can choose to view the environment in many different ways. Often times, the view does not allow the user to see the relationships that some objects have with other objects in a separate window. Although relationships between objects in the same window can be shown via a solid line, dotted line, etc., there is no visual cue to let the user know that a relationship to objects outside the current view exists.

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Emphasis on ICON for Relation with Object in Another Window

      Disclosed is a method for providing a visual cue to users
showing that a relationship exists between an object they are
currently viewing and objects outside their current view.  Today's
graphical user interfaces allow the user to see the various objects
that exist in their computing environment.  The user can choose to
view the environment in many different ways.  Often times, the view
does not allow the user to see the relationships that some objects
have with other objects in a separate window.  Although relationships
between objects in the same window can be shown via a solid line,
dotted line, etc., there is no visual cue to let the user know that a
relationship to objects outside the current view exists.

      Providing an icon that has such a visual cue allows the user to
see and understand that an object in their current view has a
relationship to an object outside their current view.  This cue could
be in the form of a small arrow or ellipses to show this extension to
other objects.

      The concept of how to bring up the view of this relationship is
the subject of a separate disclosure entitled "Viewing Relationships
to Objects Outside the Current View".

This concept is unique in the following ways:

o   Gives users a visual cue of relationships of objects in the
    current view to objects outside the current view.

o   Helps prevent users from moving or deleting objects th...