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Stacked Icons: When Multiple Objects are Nearly Synonymous

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111633D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for grouping icons that form a cohesive whole due to either the user or to the fact that a program may have created them all as output of a given event, such as a compile. A user may still individually access each icon in the group, but the group remains whole.

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Stacked Icons:  When Multiple Objects are Nearly Synonymous

      A method is disclosed for grouping icons that form a cohesive
whole due to either the user or to the fact that a program may have
created them all as output of a given event, such as a compile.  A
user may still individually access each icon in the group, but the
group remains whole.

      A sample is the case of a compile of a given C file.  When the
C file is compiled, a user may specify options to the compiler to
produce files other than the primary object output file.  When these
objects are produced, their settings can all contain the same root
object, whereby the operating environment will create them as one
stack of icons.  The operating environment can also determine which
order to stack the icons in by their last modification or creation
time.  This is a benefit, in that if the number or times dynamically
change, the operating environment is provided enough information to
reorder or to change the number of objects in the stack.

      Additionally, if a user wishes to manipulate any one of those
objects, they can simply directly manipulate that one object by
starting a direct manipulation on the part of that object's icon that
is showing below the other objects.  That icon can be used as the
source for a copy operation, which will result in a new object
without the same root object, which means that the copy will not be
restricted to that stack of objects.  Additionally, each obj...