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Method for Optimal User Interface Object Navigation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111993D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a user controlled desktop object hyperlink capable of allowing a user to define a logical link between arbitrary objects on a desktop for the purpose of focusing objects in a desired order.

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Method for Optimal User Interface Object Navigation

      Provided is a user controlled desktop object hyperlink capable
of allowing a user to define a logical link between arbitrary objects
on a desktop for the purpose of focusing objects in a desired order.

      Often a user navigates within a particular subset of user
interface objects in order to accomplish tasks.  Many objects take up
real estate and often interfere with efficient navigation.  A method
is needed for making user navigation efficient when utilizing a
distinct set of objects in a user interface.

      This article describes allowing a user to enter a DEFINE OBJECT
FOCUS LINK MODE while in the desktop environment.  The user then
selects (e.g., clicks with the mouse) user interface objects, in
turn, until all objects are selected which will be used during
forthcoming activity.  The user then exits the definition mode
thereby terminating the object selection process and producing an
active invocable scenario.  The user may use a keyboard sequence,
mouse button pattern, voice command or the like to perform
aforementioned configuration as well as next object invocation
hereinafter discussed.

      At any time the user may invoke a NEXT OBJECT FOCUS function.
This instantly transposes the user to and focuses the appropriate
next object in a wrap manner.  If the user had defined a full screen
session as a valid next object in the active scenario, the full
screen session is immediately t...