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Explicit Process Queues and Command Lists in Desktop Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109423D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hambrick, GM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Problem Summary Removes the current limits on a user's ability to specify and monitor background commands in a direct manipulation desktop environment. Description

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Explicit Process Queues and Command Lists in Desktop Environments

      Problem Summary
Removes the current limits on a user's ability to specify and monitor
background commands in a direct manipulation desktop environment.
Description

      In a desktop environment where system objects are visually
represented, commands are indicated by selecting the icon (or icons)
to which some action will be applied.  The problem with existing
systems is that there is no way to run a command in the background
and monitor its progress.  They provide no method to change the
priority of a process or stop its execution.  Plus, these systems
offer only limited ability to repeat a previous command.

      The invention concerns making the current "process queue" an
object that can be opened and edited like other list objects in the
system.  This list contains a limited number of active commands (the
limit set by the user, subject to system limitations) that can be
moved to change priority, deleted to kill the process, or copied to
create another process.  A new process is added by copying the
contents of another explicit system object, the "command composition
buffer," into the queue.

      When a process completes, the command is automatically moved
intoanother explicit object, the "command list" (which is readonly).
From this list, old commands can be copied directly into the process
queue for execution as is, or into the command composition buffer for
editing and exe...