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Dragging Emulator Data to a Shredder Icon to Delete a File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109676D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for deleting a file whose name currently resides on an emulator window being viewed. There currently is not any method using direct manipulation techniques for removing files from emulator screens. The user needs a one-step method to perform this frequently requested operation in a simple and direct manner.

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Dragging Emulator Data to a Shredder Icon to Delete a File

       This article describes a technique for deleting a file
whose name currently resides on an emulator window being viewed.
There currently is not any method using direct manipulation
techniques for removing files from emulator screens.  The user needs
a one-step method to perform this frequently requested operation in a
simple and direct manner.

      The workstation shredder application needs to be changed so its
icon can accept a file identifier from a drag operation originating
from an emulator window (e.g., an OfficeVision/VM* note, a VM
FILELIST window, etc.).  It must perform the following functions:
-    When the user presses mouse button 2 while the mouse pointer is
over a file name in an emulator window, a program that provides
programmable mouse support (e.g., CMMOUSE) calls a drag program and
passes it the file name that was under the mouse pointer when button
2 was pressed.
-    When the marked file name from the emulator window is dragged
over the shredder icon, the shredder application must indicate to the
user that the data can be dropped.  For example, the mouse pointer
could be changed to give this indication.
-    When the user drops the grabbed data on the shredder icon (by
releasing mouse button 2), the shredder application will retrieve the
file name data from the drag program's data buffer.
-    After the drop, the shredder application must send the delete
request t...