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Contextual Transposition to Arbitrary Repository

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110314D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 120K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described which allows a user to change to an arbitrary directory within an arbitrary session using only a mouse.

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Contextual Transposition to Arbitrary Repository

       A methodology is described which allows a user to change
to an arbitrary directory within an arbitrary session using only a
mouse.

      Currently in office desktop environments, a user must perform
an excessive peripheral input ritual before obtaining a command
prompt which is in a desirable current directory.  The user spawns or
alternates to a session, then manually enters commands to change
directory into the desired directory.  A method which allows the user
to instantly transpose to a repository without multiple user
peripheral input is needed.

      This article implements an invoked function which first
displays the logical drives known to the computer system.  Active
local drives and Local Area Network (LAN) drives are displayed in a
window for selection by the mouse.  Invoking is optionally done with
a voice command, hot-key, etc.  The user can then move the mouse
cursor to the window rendered on the desktop.  Once the panel of
available drives is displayed in a small window, the user only needs
to traverse the list with the mouse.  As the mouse cursor traverses
the list, another small window appears to the right which shows the
entire directory structure for the logical drive the mouse is
currently positioned over.  The user can then drag the mouse in the
horizontal direction to the subdirectory window.  Once within the
subdirectory window, the user can traverse the list of subdirectories
and select the desired directory by single clicking on the directory
entry.  Of course, the user can single click on the drive letter in
the main window to end u...