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Multimedia Desktop Object Behavior Governor by Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107941D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described which extends the notion of desktop organization to provide a single logical entity for locating objects and to permit defining characteristics for logical desktop regions. Objects located within such regions can take on those assigned characteristics.

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Multimedia Desktop Object Behavior Governor by Location

       A methodology is described which extends the notion of
desktop organization to provide a single logical entity for locating
objects and to permit defining characteristics for logical desktop
regions. Objects located within such regions can take on those
assigned characteristics.

      Currently, objects on a computer desktop operate by virtue of
the set of operations they represent. The object or related objects
must be manipulated to modify object behavior. This becomes more
apparent in a desktop which is running many applications vastly
different in nature and function. There is also no relationship
between desktop objects and the desktop itself except that a user
places objects in locations by preference.

      This article discloses a method for allowing users to define
desktop regions which cause changes in behavior for objects located
or dragged there. There is a large set of allowable behaviors.
Objects are assigned a set of behaviors as assigned by the user with
respect to the set of behaviors available to an object. The user
configures behavior of objects due to relative location of objects on
the desktop. The allowable set of behavior is dependent on what
functions are exposed to a user from configuration and the supported
behavior of any desktop objects. A user may define a desktop such
that all objects which occur in the upper half of the desktop will
not provide audible event notifica...