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Drag/Drop of Icons to/from Containers for Installing/Removing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112192D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for allowing users to install or remove software via the drag and drop method within the OS/2 Workplace Shell*. In designing the installation for a "family" of features/products (reference related disclosure entitled "Use of Containers for Installing/ Removing"), a way was needed to allow the user to choose which features/products to install/remove on their workstation. This method needed to allow multiple selection of features/products for installation/removal and be consistent with the Workplace Shell desktop paradigm.

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Drag/Drop of Icons to/from Containers for Installing/Removing

      Disclosed is a method for allowing users to install or remove
software via the drag and drop method within the OS/2 Workplace
Shell*.  In designing the installation for a "family" of
features/products (reference related disclosure entitled "Use of
Containers for Installing/ Removing"), a way was needed to allow the
user to choose which features/products to install/remove on their
workstation.  This method needed to allow multiple selection of
features/products for installation/removal and be consistent with the
Workplace Shell desktop paradigm.

      The goal was to provide an object-oriented, OS/2 Workplace
Shell-like interface to install/remove the different
features/products (or sets of features/products) in a consistent
manner.  Since icons were chosen to represent the features/products,
consistency with the Workplace Shell was maintained by allowing the
icon objects to be dragged and dropped between the containers.
Dragging a feature/product icon from the "Available" container and
dropping it in the "Installed" container signifies that the user
wishes to install that feature/product.  Dragging from the
"Installed" container back into the "Available" container signifies
that the user wishes to remove that feature/product from the
workstation.  Installation/removal of multiple features/products may
be initiated by selecting more than one icon from the container.
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