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Direct Manipulation Container Clean Out

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109447D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that enables users to employ direct manipulation techniques to clean out the contents of a container without deleting the container itself.

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Direct Manipulation Container Clean Out

      Disclosed is a technique that enables users to employ direct
manipulation techniques to clean out the contents of a container
without deleting the container itself.

      The conventional approach to direct manipulation delete
operations is to pick up the object to be deleted and drop it on a
trash can or shredder icon.  If the object selected is a container,
both the items in that container and the container itself are
deleted.  In many instances, this is undesirable as the container may
have a number of settings and properties associated with it that
would be time-consuming for the user to have to recreate.

      Two methods are disclosed that would allow users to delete the
container contents without deleting the container itself:
1.  Clean-out Icon - this method employs a separate icon that
indicates a clean-out type function.  When the user drags and drops a
container on this icon, only the contents of the container are
deleted.  This icon might appear as a scrub brush for example.
2.  Automatic container recognition - this method would employ the
single delete icon (trash can or shredder) but would be intelligent
to recognize container objects that are dropped on it and only delete
the contents of the container, not the container itself.  Through a
settings function, users could specify containers that are not to be
deleted.

      Disclosed anonymously.