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Displaying Layered Elements in a Complex Object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110266D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 115K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coulombe, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for presenting overlapping layers of a composed object in a graphic user interface (GUI) is disclosed. This allows a user to quickly tell which layer is the topmost layer, and which layers are present and what is on those layers.

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Displaying Layered Elements in a Complex Object

       A method for presenting overlapping layers of a composed
object in a graphic user interface (GUI) is disclosed.  This allows a
user to quickly tell which layer is the topmost layer, and which
layers are present and what is on those layers.

      A complex data object, such as a presentation or newsletter
object, is defined as containing one or more distinct object types,
with any number of contained objects of these types present within
the complex data object.  In displaying this type of object, several
of these contained objects can be placed such that they overlap other
contained objects, creating layers of objects.  These layers of
objects can overlap each other, with the layers defined as
transparent or opaque.  These display mechanisms allow a user to work
in a complex data object with any visible contained object.  Other
mechanisms also exist to allow a user to send selected objects back
or forward one layer, or to the bottom or top of the contained object
stack.  A significant problem still exists: it is not clear which of
the contained objects is on the top of the contained stack.  This
means that a user can be confused as to whether items being displayed
are distinct objects or are parts of the same object, and as to which
visible objects can be currently worked with, without shifting the
object stack.

      This disclosure proposes a visual mechanism for clarifying for
a user which conta...