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Method for Marking a Non-Rectangular Area Using Concatenated Rectangles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111003D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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 Concatenated Rectangles

     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 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 arround 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 t...