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Separating Selection of the Cell Contents and of a Cell Itself

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110268D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 193K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, S: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for allowing both inter-cell and intra-cell selection in a graphic user interface (GUI) is disclosed. In this manner, a user can select the contents of a cell that are scrolled out of sight without needing to select the entire cell's contents. Similarly, a user can select any number of cells without affecting the selection within any single cell.

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Separating Selection of the Cell Contents and of a Cell Itself

       A method for allowing both inter-cell and intra-cell
selection in a graphic user interface (GUI) is disclosed.  In this
manner, a user can select the contents of a cell that are scrolled
out of sight without needing to select the entire cell's contents.
Similarly, a user can select any number of cells without affecting
the selection within any single cell.

      A table is composed of one or more cells.  Each cell can
contain information which can be selected by a user.  Additionally,
each cell can be selected, so that a user can perform certain
cell-specific functions, such as clear, format presentation, or
clipboard-related functions.  A problem exists in how a user is able
to determine whether selection is directed at the cell or the cell
contents.  This problem is exacerbated as selection becomes more
meaningful for the object in the cell, such as text or icons, or when
the contents to be selected will not fit within the allotted space
for the cell.

      This disclosure separates selection of the cell from the cell
contents.  This involves adding to existing tables a "selected cell"
appearance, which is distinct in appearance from selecting the
contents of the cell.  When starting selection within a cell, the
cell contents are the only level affected by the selection.  Any
existing selected cells are left selected.  When, however, a user
starts selection near or on a cell boundary, the cell itself is
selected.  This selection starts a marquee selection box around the
cell, without affecting the selection or appearance of any cell
contents.

      If a user starts to select the contents of...