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Dynamic, Scrollable, Area Sensitive Container Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110679D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haynes, TR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In the current art, a user may interact with graphical icons in a very limited manner; the user may select the icon which targets it as the subject of subsequent action, or open the application represented by the icon by mouse-clicking on it. The icon is typically static in appearance and interaction, and mouse interaction is limited to actions affecting the entire icon, not parts thereof.

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Dynamic, Scrollable, Area Sensitive Container Icons

       In the current art, a user may interact with graphical
icons in a very limited manner; the user may select the icon which
targets it as the subject of subsequent action, or open the
application represented by the icon by mouse-clicking on it.  The
icon is typically static in appearance and interaction, and mouse
interaction is limited to actions affecting the entire icon, not
parts thereof.

      This invention extends the basic icon capabilities.  Currently,
to see what a container represented by an icon contains, a user must
open the container and then be presented with the internal objects.
What is provided by this invention is a mechanism for displaying to
the user from the container icon what is contained within, and
further, the ability to open a particular contained object directly,
thereby simplifying the navigational complexity.

      Office containers, such as file cabinets and bookshelves,
commonly contain many drawers or books, respectively.  By reserving
certain areas of the container icons for certain types of action, the
user is enabled to see all of what is contained via scrolling.  For
example, a file cabinet icon might show just two drawers, but by
clicking on the top of the icon, the user could scroll up through the
drawers.  Similar action would be available for a bookshelf icon, by
clicking on the left or right book-end.  Display of the titles of the
various contained objects can be accomplished in different ways,
depending on the particular system needs.  For instance, the title
text of the scrolled-to objects can be always shown, as imp...