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Using Direct Manipulation for Scheduling Work

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107762D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for scheduling work using direct manipulation. Much of the scheduling of a user's day-to-day work is currently done manually, either by the user or an assistant. For example, the user may be required to submit a particular report each Friday, or to perform a specific task on the first day of each month. It is up to the user to schedule his time and make sure that his required work gets done on time. Today's office systems need to be improved to provide a way to assist the user in scheduling his work. In particular, direct manipulation (i.e., dragging and dropping) techniques are needed.

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Using Direct Manipulation for Scheduling Work

       This article describes a technique for scheduling work
using direct manipulation. Much of the scheduling of a user's
day-to-day work is currently done manually, either by the user or an
assistant.  For example, the user may be required to submit a
particular report each Friday, or to perform a specific task on the
first day of each month.  It is up to the user to schedule his time
and make sure that his required work gets done on time.  Today's
office systems need to be improved to provide a way to assist the
user in scheduling his work.  In particular, direct manipulation
(i.e., dragging and dropping) techniques are needed.

      This article describes how a user can use direct-manipulation
with a mouse pointer to schedule work in an action folder.
      1.   The user moves the mouse pointer to an office object that
he wishes to schedule.  He presses mouse button 2 and (holding button
2 down) drags the object to the action-folder icon.  Then he releases
mouse button 2.
      2.   The action folder opens a properties window for the object
to be scheduled.  This window is positioned to the action-
folder-specific scheduling properties.  The user then modifies the
object's properties as desired, including the mandatory scheduling
information.  He presses the OK button to schedule the object.

      This invention gives the user a fast, easy way to use his
office system to help schedule h...