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Selection and Manipulation with Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111005D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 92K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Oliveri, CM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users of OS/20* Graphical User Interface may select one or more objects for direct-manipulation operations. Objects that are explicitly selected are put into a selected state, and the selected state is indicated with selected-state emphasis. Objects in the process of being selected are delimited by special techniques such as marquee rectangles during marquee selection, or reverse video during extended or multiple range selection. However, users often need more information than is conveyed by the simple change in emphasis, such as the number of objects actually selected or some other attribute of the selected objects.

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Selection and Manipulation with Information

      Users of OS/20* Graphical User Interface may select one or more
objects for direct-manipulation operations.  Objects that are
explicitly selected are put into a selected state, and the selected
state is indicated with selected-state emphasis.  Objects in the
process of being selected are delimited by special techniques such as
marquee rectangles during marquee selection, or reverse video during
extended or multiple range selection.  However, users often need more
information than is conveyed by the simple change in emphasis, such
as the number of objects actually selected or some other attribute of
the selected objects.

      The selected objects are dragged with a pointing device.
During these operations, a copy of the icon or an outline of the
object or objects are dragged from the source to the target.
However, users often need more information than is conveyed by this
icon, such as the number of objects actually selected or some other
attribute of the selected objects.

1.  Provide a new type of selected-state emphasis, "selection with
    information."  In "selection with information," some attribute of
    interest to the user such as number of items selected is
    displayed as each object is selected until the intended activity
    is completed.  For example, a user may currently use point to end
    point area (marquee) selection to select many objects.  By using
    "selection with information," a counter would be displayed
    superimposed on the marquee rectangle displaying the number of
    objects selected up to that time, as shown in the figure.

2.  Provide a new type of direct manipulation image, "manipulation
    with information."  In "manipulation with information," some
    attribute of interest to the user such as number of items
    selected in a group is displayed as the group is dragged from the
    source to the target.  For example, a user may currently move a
    group of objects using direct manipulation.  While dragging the
    group of objects, a generic image of three overlapped objects is
    displayed.  By using "manipulation with information," a counter
    would be displayed superimposed on the image displaying an
    attribute or attributes of the group that is being moved, such as
    the number of objects or their original location.

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