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Default Organization for Connected Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112218D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a visual metaphor that can help the user keep track of objects within an application that have not yet been connected.

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Default Organization for Connected Objects

      Disclosed is a visual metaphor that can help the user keep
track of objects within an application that have not yet been
connected.

      In an object oriented visual programming environment, the
display of the visual connections between all components can quickly
become complicated using any known scheme to show connections.  In
this situation, keeping track of the objects that have not yet been
connected can be a frustrating experience.

      This problem can be solved by displaying a visual metaphor next
to all of the objects that are not yet connected to the rest of the
application.  A string around a finger is a metaphor for remembering.
It is an ideal icon to place next to disconnected objects.  This can
be done continuously within the environment, or the string-on-finger
can be displayed only when the user asks for it, through some type of
configuration or command.

      This invention preserves the flexibility of displaying all
connections within a visual programming environment and also quickly
get visual feedback on disconnected objects.