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Group Membership View

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107806D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An object definition (settings) contains much information about the attributes of the object. These items include the name of the object, comments about the object, expiration dates of passwords, etc. In addition to this, many objects also have access control associated with them which identifies who may use or change that object. The number of definition options has increasingly grown. In the past, in Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) environments, the definitions of groups has been via a prompted command line-driven interface. In other user interfaces, many of these definitions were contained in multiple dialog boxes making it difficult for the user to assimilate a picture of the entire object.

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Group Membership View

       An object definition (settings) contains much information
about the attributes of the object.  These items include the name of
the object, comments about the object, expiration dates of passwords,
etc.  In addition to this, many objects also have access control
associated with them which identifies who may use or change that
object.  The number of definition options has increasingly grown.  In
the past, in Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) environments,
the definitions of groups has been via a prompted command line-driven
interface.  In other user interfaces, many of these definitions were
contained in multiple dialog boxes making it difficult for the user
to assimilate a picture of the entire object.

      Currently the design has most of this information in a settings
notebook.  These options contained in the notebook for the most part
are fields which the user fills in or radio buttons or checkboxes for
selection.  Group membership lists have an additional property
(adding or deleting members) that makes them difficult to fit into
this structure.  This causes multiple sets of push buttons to be
displayed in the notebook control, as well as invoking multiple
dialog boxes.  Users may be confused with the multitude of buttons
and selections on a single window. This article suggests a solution
to this problem in the DCE Distributed System.

      In today's windowing environments it is possible to have
multiple views of an object.  These views may show the object in
different formats.  For example, in lists, the user may have icon or
text views of containers.  The user simply chooses an option and the
window is refreshed to show the view desired.

      Groups are collections of principals that share common access
to certain objects i...