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Copy Object for Object Oriented User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108968D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Copy Object provides for reduced complexity by avoiding operator overload for copy operations on a computer desktop. It naturally assimilates itself into drag and drop object-oriented user interfaces.

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Copy Object for Object Oriented User Interface

       The Copy Object provides for reduced complexity by
avoiding operator overload for copy operations on a computer desktop.
It naturally assimilates itself into drag and drop object-oriented
user interfaces.

      The Copy Object is an icon on the computer desktop in which you
can drag and drop another object onto it and it will reproduce the
object.  This is similar to the Shredder Object which is on the IBM
Presentation Manager* (PM) OS/2* computer desktop in which objects
can be dragged and dropped for deletion; or the OS/2 Printer Object
in which dragged and dropped objects are printed.

      In addition, to extend the function of the Copy Object, a
feature could be added to the Copy Object which presents a menu of
ready-made objects which can be produced.  To produce this menu, the
user simply clicks on the Copy Object without dragging and dropping
an object.  A sample ready-made object could be system standard
objects, such as folders which can be created from scratch without
copying one that already exists and deleting the contents.  In
general, the Copy Object avoids operator overload, and provides for
uniformity for Drag and Drop with no special keys or buttons to
achieve the same function.
*  Trademark of IBM Corp.