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Views as Slides which Present the Contents of Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111340D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for presenting multiple views available for a given object as augmentations to that object's icon. This also allows a user to see and manipulate which of those views is the default view for that object.

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Views as Slides which Present the Contents of Objects

      A method is disclosed for presenting multiple views available
for a given object as augmentations to that object's icon.  This also
allows a user to see and manipulate which of those views is the
default view for that object.

      From each view type for an object, a new view-type object is
created, which encapsulates just the properties and the associated
settings that are needed to show the raw data in that format.  Any
other information that is needed specifically for this object is
folded into the object's definition.  This will separate, for any
given object, the properties of the object and the properties and
values for each individual view type.

      For each view object, an icon is created which, when possible
(given the icon's size and the screen's resolution), will give the
user some indication of what will result when the object is shown
with this view type.  These icons are placed as additional emphasis
or combined with the underlying object data's icon, to reinforce to a
user that the view icon is an object which exists to modify the raw
data represented by another object icon.  For an example, refer to
the Figure.

      Additionally, the presentation of the view icons on the
underlying object icon is stacked or ordered in a manner which will
clearly identify one of those views as the default.  If the view
icons are stacked or overlayed in some manner, the default view may
be...