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Graphical Notebook View of the Distributed System Namespace

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109018D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The directory service represents the objects in a distributed system as a hierarchical collection of names (directories and object entries) with associated attributes, referred to as the namespace. This collection may be viewed graphically in the form of a tree, but navigation through the hierarchy can be difficult for large and complex networks with hundreds or thousands of directory entries. Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing and managing entries in the namespace through a simplified notebook view.

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Graphical Notebook View of the Distributed System Namespace

       The directory service represents the objects in a
distributed system as a hierarchical collection of names (directories
and object entries) with associated attributes, referred to as the
namespace.  This collection may be viewed graphically in the form of
a tree, but navigation through the hierarchy can be difficult for
large and complex networks with hundreds or thousands of directory
entries. Disclosed is a method for graphically viewing and managing
entries in the namespace through a simplified notebook view.

      The figure shows an example of a namespace displayed in a
window in a graphical user interface.  Within the window is a
notebook which shows the directory tree, or a flat list of namespace
entries sorted alphabetically by name; the tabs of the notebook show
letters of the alphabet, and the user can select these tabs to
navigate through the list.  A scroll bar is provided in the tree view
if the objects extend beyond the current "page" size of the notebook.
Objects in the notebook may be manipulated just as if they were shown
in a normal tree view or container list window, and actions may be
performed through menus and dialogs or via direct manipulation.

      This concept is unique in that:
      -    It displays the namespace in a notebook view to simplify
navigation through a potentially large and complex tree.
      -    It conserves screen space for very la...