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GUI Manipulation Visual Aid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112707D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, R: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Proposed is an intermediate and visible place (gadget) on a VDU screen to hold GUI objects under manipulation. It rationalises drag/drop and clipboard functions into a single mechanism. The gadget is visual in nature. At any time the user can call it up and see its contents such as: which operations are allowed and which operation is currently selected. Users can change from the current operation to any available operation at any time. The figure shows a possible design.

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GUI Manipulation Visual Aid

      Proposed is an intermediate and visible place (gadget) on a VDU
screen to hold GUI objects under manipulation.  It rationalises
drag/drop and clipboard functions into a single mechanism.  The
gadget is visual in nature.  At any time the user can call it up and
see its contents such as: which operations are allowed and which
operation is currently selected.  Users can change from the current
operation to any available operation at any time.  The figure shows a
possible design.

      Users of graphical interfaces find it difficult when moving
information or objects from place to place.  Two mechanisms are
common:  the clipboard and drag and drop.  These have various
problems.  The clipboard suffers from being invisible; users have
referred to the clipboard as "never-never land." being not sure what
is on the clipboard at any time.  Clipboard views can overcome this
but they require screen area to be devoted to them in order to show
the current contents.  Drag drop suffers from the following problems.
It is hard to drag an object to another place if navigation to that
place requires more action than moving to another part of the screen.
For repeated operations the user must return to the source location
each time.  In some cases where shift keys are used in conjunction
with the pointing device the key combinations may be hard to remember
and will require the use of both hands.

      Disclosed is a solution comprising a gadget which is a small
visual replacement for the clipboard that can be used in conjunction
with drag and drop.  The gadget, shown in the figure, consists of an
icon area surrounded by command areas.  When there is an object in
the gadget it is shown as an icon in the icon area.  Hence it is easy
for the user to see whether the gadget is empty, or if it is not
empty, what it contains.  The user may interact the icon in the
normal way without removing it...