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Crack-Open Icons and Windows to Show Layers of Views

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111405D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is presented that allows a user to crack open any icon or window to show which views are possible for that object or window.

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Crack-Open Icons and Windows to Show Layers of Views

      A method is presented that allows a user to crack open any icon
or window to show which views are possible for that object or window.

      A user sees on their desktop an icon for a traditional
container, such as a folder.  A user can request to "crack" the icon
by a specific mouse or keyboard movement.  Once the icon is cracked,
a different icon is shown that is sensitive to a user's mouse or
keyboard actions.  The icon shows each view that is possible for that
object as a layer, much like the layers of rock and geological
material in the earth's crust.  The default view is shown as the top
layer in that view, and is preselected.  Each view layer shows, as it
is selected, a sample of the view's affects on the contents of that
object in a bubble window or pop-up area next to the cracked icon.  A
user can click-on each layer, or use the arrow keys to circulate
through the provided layers for a given object.  The feedback to a
user is instantaneous, and they can explore the view types directly,
without having to learn what each name for the views means to them
visually.  Additionally, once a view type is shown for a given object
that a user wishes to use as the presentation format for that object,
they can simply double click on that layer, or the sample that is
provided, and the view is automatically opened with that view type.

      This idea is also scalable to windows.  Once a given window...