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Navigation Link Control User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110141D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This invention provides a user interface and implementation design that allows users to connect information units.

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Navigation Link Control User Interface

      This invention provides a user interface and implementation
design that allows users to connect information units.

      A navigation link control is the user interface mechanism that
allows users to connect an information unit to one or more
information units.  An information unit is an internal body of data
that has an external representation on a computer screen.  Connection
is the process that allows the user to associate information units
(link creation) and allows users to access and present one
information unit when the other associated information unit is being
presented.

      A navigation link control has three components: the link
button, the link wire, and the link handle.  The link button is the
mechanism that allows the user to access and present the connected
data.  A connection may be thought of as an association between two
components.  It can also be connected to a different location or an
information unit through a drag operation.  A drag operation is a
user action that causes a change in the position of the user
interface representation of the object with respect to its screen
location.  A link button can be dragged to another object or
information unit and placed on top of that information unit.  This
operation causes a connection to be established between this object
and one or more other objects or information units.  When a
connection is established a link handle is created at the ot...