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Treating Selections as Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110335D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 202K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kahl, DJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current implementation for dragging selected objects requires that at least one of the selected objects be visible. In many cases this is fine, but in other cases none of the selected objects can be seen because the user has changed views or made some other object the active object.

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Treating Selections as Objects

       Current implementation for dragging selected objects
requires that at least one of the selected objects be visible.  In
many cases this is fine, but in other cases none of the selected
objects can be seen because the user has changed views or made some
other object the active object.

      An example would be a container object which used the notebook
control for viewing and interacting with the contained objects.  If a
user chooses a particular tab section of the notebook, selects some
objects, and finally chooses another tab section, none of the
selected objects are visible; the user can not drag the selected
objects with returning to a notebook page which has one or more of
the selected objects.  The situation is compounded if the user has
made some other object the active object.

      Two features can be provided which allow both situations to be
overcome.  The first is to treat any selections within a given object
as an object and represent it as an icon within the original object's
window.  Figure 1 (parts 1 and 2) shows two examples of this
approach.  Figure 1, part 1 shows an address book with two entries
selected.  The selections are represented as an icon in the top right
corner of the window, just below the title bar, or, if present, just
below the menu bar.  Note that the selection icon is animated, i.e.,
it shows a count of the number of selected objects it represents.
Figure 1, part 2 shows a simila...