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Mass Application of an Action in a GUI

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111700D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The process for providing the ability for a user to pick up a source of an operation, and then apply that one source to multiple different target objects or locations, is to place the object to be manipulated into a "stasis" state, by a special operation at the source object. An exemplary way of doing this is to use a pop-up choice on the source object, or via a special mouse operation, such as double click of the right mouse button. Once in this state of stasis, a user can go to a possible target and press the second mouse button. This will allow a user to start a direct manipulation operation with the previously indicated source and the chosen target. Once this process is completed, the object is again entered into stasis, for any number of other direct manipulation sources.

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Mass Application of an Action in a GUI

      The process for providing the ability for a user to pick up a
source of an operation, and then apply that one source to multiple
different target objects or locations, is to place the object to be
manipulated into a "stasis" state, by a special operation at the
source object.  An exemplary way of doing this is to use a pop-up
choice on the source object, or via a special mouse operation, such
as double click of the right mouse button.  Once in this state of
stasis, a user can go to a possible target and press the second mouse
button.  This will allow a user to start a direct manipulation
operation with the previously indicated source and the chosen target.
Once this process is completed, the object is again entered into
stasis, for any number of other direct manipulation sources.  The
user can stop the stasis by canceling the source object, such as by
pressing mouse button 2 or Esc, or by placing a new object into
stasis.