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Graphical Notebook View of the Distributed Security Service Database

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109020D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The registry is a database for the distributed security service, comprised of four collections of objects: principals, groups, organizations and user accounts. There may be hundreds or even thousands of such objects defined in a large, complex network. Disclosed is a method for viewing all of the registry objects from a single window in a graphical user interface.

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Graphical Notebook View of the Distributed Security Service Database

       The registry is a database for the distributed security
service, comprised of four collections of objects: principals,
groups, organizations and user accounts.  There may be hundreds or
even thousands of such objects defined in a large, complex network.
Disclosed is a method for viewing all of the registry objects from a
single window in a graphical user interface.

      The figure shows an example of the registry displayed in a
window in a graphical user interface.  At the top of the window is a
value set with four choices:  Accounts, Principals, Groups and
Organizations; Principal is the default selection.  Beneath the value
set is a note book which shows a list of all the objects of the
selected category (e.g., Principals), 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. If a different
category is selected from the value set, the view inside the notebook
is refreshed to show the objects of that category.  The list inside
the notebook can be in text format, or icons with text.  Objects in
the notebook may be manipulated just as if they were shown in a
normal 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 registry in a notebook view to simplify
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