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User Interface for Sending Multiple Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110345D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, PC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

There needs to be a user-friendly way to display and send multiple objects to other users of a graphical Mail application. The users should have the ability to interact with and send multiple objects through drag/drop and should be able to send search result objects.

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User Interface for Sending Multiple Objects

       There needs to be a user-friendly way to display and send
multiple objects to other users of a graphical Mail application.  The
users should have the ability to interact with and send multiple
objects through drag/drop and should be able to send search result
objects.

      This article describes an interface for sending multiple
objects which will enable the user to send any type of data through
the use of drag/drop techniques.

      Referring to the figure, when the user prepares to send an
object to another user, this window appears.  This window also
appears when the user has completed typing a letter and is ready to
send it.  Addressing information is entered into the top portion of
the window.  In the lower portion of the window, there is a Contents
container which holds the objects being sent.

      The Contents container is a unique interface for allowing any
type of object to be sent to another user.  Any type of file that is
stored in the file system may be dragged to the window and dropped
into the Contents container.  This includes host file search results
which are collections of host files or host library objects
represented by icons.  Once the user has dropped all of the items to
be sent into the Contents container, and has completed the addressing
information, the user presses the "OK" button and all of the objects
are sent to the addressees.

      Another unique feature of th...