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Dynamic Selection Marquee Feedback

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107819D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

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Hill, GW: AUTHOR [+3]


A simple method is disclosed that improves users' ability to select objects in graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

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Dynamic Selection Marquee Feedback

       A simple method is disclosed that improves users' ability
to select objects in graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

      GUI users often want to manipulate multiple objects at the same
time.  For example, a user might want to copy all the objects
contained in a directory to a printer.  In order to accomplish this,
the user must somehow group the objects so that they may be
manipulated together.  The method typically employed for this in GUI
systems is to put all of the relevant objects into a "selection"
state and then operate on them as a single unit.

      Due to the different possible relationships and rules governing
selection, the actual state of objects resulting from certain
selection techniques is often different from that anticipated by
users.  Perplexed by these experiences, users often develop
counterproductive superstitions regarding system behavior.

      Different GUIs provide different methods for selecting objects.
A common technique is the selection "marquee". The user generally
places the relevant objects close to one another (spatially).  The
pointer is then placed at a screen location so that it does not
coincide with an object.  A mouse button is then pressed down.  While
holding the mouse button in the down position, the mouse (and, as a
result, the screen pointer) is moved to another position.  As the
pointer is moved, a marquee (typically a rectangle made up of
enclosed and, in some systems, intersected by the marquee) is
modified according to the selection rules of the particular system.
The diagonal co...