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Dragging Emulator Data to an Address Book Icon to Open an Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109683D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for opening the address-book entry for a person whose name, phone number, electronic address, or other identifying data currently resides on an emulator window being viewed. Current workstation address-book applications require the user to perform several time-consuming operations to do this: 1. open the address book, 2. open the public address book, 3. scroll to the desired entry, 4. open the entry. The user needs a faster way to open the desired address-book entry.

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Dragging Emulator Data to an Address Book Icon to Open an Entry

       This article describes a technique for opening the
address-book entry for a person whose name, phone number, electronic
address, or other identifying data currently resides on an emulator
window being viewed.  Current workstation address-book applications
require the user to perform several time-consuming operations to do
this:
1.  open the address book,
2.  open the public address book,
3.  scroll to the desired entry,
4.  open the entry.
The user needs a faster way to open the desired address-book entry.

      The address-book application needs to be changed so that its
icon can accept identifying data (such as name, phone number,
electronic address, etc.) from a drag operation originating from an
emulator window (e.g., an OfficeVision*/VM note or calendar entry).
It must perform the following functions:
-    When the user presses button 2 while the mouse pointer is over a
data field in an emulator window, a program that provides
programmable mouse support (e.g., CMMOUSE) calls a drag program and
passes it the data from the field under the mouse pointer when button
2 was pressed.
-    When the marked data from an emulator window is dragged over the
address-book icon, the address-book 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 dragged data on the addres...