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Method of Automatic Search and Scroll in Multiple Desktop Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111352D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

It is often necessary for the desktop user to view multiple objects on the desktop at the same time, and perform similar actions upon several of them. For example, Bob might need to search the three documents, DOC1, DOC2, and DOC3, which are currently being edited on the desktop in windowed sessions SESS1, SESS2, and SESS3, respectively. He would like to find the first occurrence of the word "Office" in each document, and then read each one to discover the context in which "Office" is being used. He clicks on SESS1 and types "search Office" to locate "Office in DOC1. Then he clicks on SESS2 and types the same command. Then he clicks on SESS3 and repeats the same command again. Only now can he view the occurrence of "Office" in each document simultaneously on the desktop.

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Method of Automatic Search and Scroll in Multiple Desktop Objects

      It is often necessary for the desktop user to view multiple
objects on the desktop at the same time, and perform similar actions
upon several of them.  For example, Bob might need to search the
three documents, DOC1, DOC2, and DOC3, which are currently being
edited on the desktop in windowed sessions SESS1, SESS2, and SESS3,
respectively.  He would like to find the first occurrence of the word
"Office" in each document, and then read each one to discover the
context in which "Office" is being used.  He clicks on SESS1 and
types "search Office" to locate "Office in DOC1.  Then he clicks on
SESS2 and types the same command.  Then he clicks on SESS3 and
repeats the same command again.  Only now can he view the occurrence
of "Office" in each document simultaneously on the desktop.  A method
is needed to automatically scroll multiple scrollable windows  using
the same criteria.

      This system provides a method of automatically scrolling
multiple scrollable windows on the desktop, using the same criteria,
without having to repeat the sequence of commands.  Using the above
example, the process is as follows:

Bob activates Search And Scroll (SAS) mode.  (Optionally, a Search
And Scroll (SAS) icon could be created to permit total drag and drop
operations.)
Bob selects participating objects or a function for all objects.
Bob specifies search criteria by outlining an existing string or
enteri...