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Lock Icon to Secure Visual Builder Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112080D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tate, BA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a scheme that can be used to secure movable objects within a visual programming environment. It provides a push button with an icon on the title bar that can be used to toggle between secured and released modes of operation.

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Lock Icon to Secure Visual Builder Controls

      Disclosed is a scheme that can be used to secure movable
objects within a visual programming environment.  It provides a push
button with an icon on the title bar that can be used to toggle
between secured and released modes of operation.

      Visual programming environments allow the users flexibility to
easily move visual objects on the screen.  This feature can quiclky
become a hindrance when the user accidentally moves components that
were previously correctly positioned.

      Most builder environments solve this problem by letting the
user toggle between builder and user modes.  While this solution has
some benefits, it does not accommodate the user that would like to do
some build operations (such as setting the color or font attributes
for visual objects) after the location of the controls on a window is
fixed.

      The disclosed invention solves this problem by providing a lock
button.  The lock is a push-button on the title bar and has a picture
of a padlock.  Whenever the unlocked padlock is displayed, the user
is free to move visual components on the screen.  Whenever the user
clicks on the unlocked padlock, a picture of a locked padlock is
shown on the button, and the objects within the window cannot be
moved.  Clicking again on the button toggles the lock picture back to
an unlocked padlock, and the user can once again move objects.

      This solution gives the user the flexibi...