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Explicit Use of a Selected Icon List for Direct Manipulation Commands

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109425D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hambrick, GM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Problem Summary Removes the current limits on a user's ability to manipulate objects selected for a given command in a direct manipulation desktop environment. Description

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Explicit Use of a Selected Icon List for Direct Manipulation Commands

      Problem Summary
Removes the current limits on a user's ability to manipulate objects
selected for a given command in a direct manipulation desktop
environment.
Description

      In a desktop environment where system objects are explicitly
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 only limited ability to edit the list of
selected objects.  For example, there is no way to reorder the list
or to select a given object twice.

      Our invention concerns making the current "selected icon list"
an object in its own right in that it has its own icon and is
available to the user.  It can then be opened and edited like any
other list object in the system.

      The advantages of this method are that the selected objects can
be moved, deleted and copied until the list is exactly as the user
desires.  Plus, such an architecture forces a clear distinction
between desktop functions (those that manipulate the iconographic
representations of system objects) and system object functions (those
unique to the particular object, such as printing and dialing phone
numbers).

      Note that conventional methods can still be used to initialize
this list, such as restoring the list from the previous command,
"toggling" an object in and out of the list, etc.  In this manner,
there i...