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Expanding Columns for Tetris Composite Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108629D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baber, RL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The colored blocks in a Tetris composite calendar are stacked to represent concurrent events according to time. If many events occur at the same time the stack may extend off the top edge of the window in which it is displayed. Vertical scrolling is provided, but you still cannot see the entire stack at once. In addition, the user may want to manipulate certain objects in the stack as a unit. For example, he may want to change the priority of three of the objects in relation to a meeting he is scheduling from 'nice to have' to 'FYI', or he may want to delete them altogether.

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Expanding Columns for Tetris Composite Calendar

       The colored blocks in a Tetris composite calendar are
stacked to represent concurrent events according to time. If many
events occur at the same time the stack may extend off the top edge
of the window in which it is displayed. Vertical scrolling is
provided, but you still cannot see the entire stack at once.  In
addition, the user may want to manipulate certain objects in the
stack as a unit.  For example, he may want to change the priority of
three of the objects in relation to a meeting he is scheduling from
'nice to have' to 'FYI', or he may want to delete them altogether.

      The solution is to provide a multiple select list pane
(Presentation Manager* container control) to which all the objects in
a stack are added when any one of the objects is selected with the
mouse from the tetris graph.  A visual indication of the column
selection is also done in the graph itself.  It is no longer
necessary to select several objects in succession in order to see
relationships between objects, for example, which people are involved
in the same meeting. Also, the user can select several objects from
the list and delete them together (which causes the graph to be
refreshed), or change priorities or other properties. A small bitmap
is also displayed in each row of the list pane to display the color
block that corresponds to that object in the Tetris graph.  The
ordering is the same in the two displays.  The list...