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Method for Marking a Non-Rectangular Area using Boundary Specifications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110848D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A desktop user frequently needs to mark a particular area in a document or a window, and then perform some action on the marked area, such as a copy or move. Current art allows the user to mark a rectangular area with the mouse by forming a rectangular box around the selected area while dragging the mouse pointer from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. However, the user needs a way to mark non-rectangular areas as well.

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Method for Marking a Non-Rectangular Area using Boundary Specifications

      A desktop user frequently needs to mark a particular area in a
document or a window, and then perform some action on the marked
area, such as a copy or move.  Current art allows the user to mark a
rectangular area with the mouse by forming a rectangular box around
the selected area while dragging the mouse pointer from the upper
left corner to the lower right corner.  However, the user needs a way
to mark non-rectangular areas as well.

For example, suppose a file contains the following report:

                          Financial Statement

1992 Results:
Although the financial results were lower than expected, we are
convinced we are on the right track to recover quickly in 1Q93.
However, most key indicators were significantly improved over 1991
results:

                        LOB       Revenue  Earnings

                      Hardware      3,100     324

                      Software     24,100   2,100

                      Consulting   12,750     176

                      Totals       39,950   2,600

      Suppose Joe needed to mark and copy parts of this report to the
clipboard, then paste it into another file.  The parts Joe wants are
the main heading, the introductory statement, the LOBs and the Net
Earnings, but he doesn't want to include the Revenue since it is not
as impressive as the earnings.  Joe has two choices.  He can perform
either of the two following sets of actions:

  Mark a rectangle around the heading and introductory statement.

  Copy the heading and introductory statement to the clipboard.

  Navigate to the target application and file.

  Paste the heading and introductory statement to the clipboard.

  Navigate back to the report application and file.

  Mark a rectangle around the LOB area.

  Copy the LOB area to the clipboard.

  Navigate to the target application and file.

  Paste the LOB area to the clipboard.

  Navigate back to the report application and file.

  Mark a rectangle around the Net Earnings area.

  Copy the Net Earnings area to the clipboard.

  Navigate to the target application and file.

  Paste the Net Earnings area to the clipboard.

OR

  Mark a rectangle around the entire report.

  Copy the whole report to the clipboard.

  Navigate to the target application and file.

  Paste the entire report...