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Value Set Control Indication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108168D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bernath, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method for extending the value set control to allow selection of a tool, which changes the pointer's behavior, or dragging a tool from a value set, which temporarily allows an object and a tool to interact, is disclosed. A user can drag a tool to an object without changing any of the current pointer's behavior for subsequent interaction.

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Value Set Control Indication

      A method for extending the value set control to allow selection
of a tool, which changes the pointer's behavior, or dragging a tool
from a value set, which temporarily allows an object and a tool to
interact, is disclosed.  A user can drag a tool to an object without
changing any of the current pointer's behavior for subsequent
interaction.

      Currently, in a graphical user environment, a tool palette
allows a user to select a tool.  Once selected, the default or
current mouse pointer behavior is changed to match the selected tool,
usually until a different or default tool is selected.

      The solution extends the value set control, which is used to
display and control the tool palette, to make use of the direct
manipulation techniques prevalent in other parts of the system, while
still benefitting from the traditional interaction techniques.  A
user can now select a tool, such as the magnifying glass, to change
the pointer behavior (see Figure 1), or can pick up the magnifying
glass tool and drop it on a data object, without changing the
pointer's default behavior (see Figure 2).

      Disclosed anonymously.