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Attached Headers for Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111589D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for attaching a header to any object, whereby the user can easily find an object, or can keep pertinent information, such as where that object should be filed, with the object in question.

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Attached Headers for Objects

      A method is disclosed for attaching a header to any object,
whereby the user can easily find an object, or can keep pertinent
information, such as where that object should be filed, with the
object in question.

      The invention centers around the notion of a class of simple
headers that can only exist when attached to an object or to the
white space of a window.  These headers are created from a template
of headers, and contain only a bare set of information, such as would
be present in a simple entry field.  A user attaches a given header
to an icon by using the header as the source for a direct
manipulation, and using the target icon as the direct manipulation's
target.  This new header does not appear as an augmentation of the
header, but is it's own icon, which is spatially attached to the
header.  The appearance provides for an attached appearance, but a
user can open and manipulate the header separate from the object it
is attached to.  This allows a user to print just the header, remove
it from the object, or to add it to another object entirely.

However, when a user manipulates the object it is attached to, the
header becomes part of the object and the operation being performed.