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Mechanism for a Multiple Drag-and-Drop Operation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113041D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kitayama, F: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a user interface mechanism for manipulating two or more display objects in a drag-and-drop operation for graphical interactive software. By means of this mechanism, a user can move an object onto a number of other objects on the computer display, to facilitate the invocation of a more complicated command. The mechanism enables the user (1) to execute commands for many-to-many relations in a single operation, (2) to invoke multiple commands simultaneously, and (3) to manipulate objects easily.

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Mechanism for a Multiple Drag-and-Drop Operation

      Disclosed is a user interface mechanism for manipulating two or
more display objects in a drag-and-drop operation for graphical
interactive software.  By means of this mechanism, a user can move an
object onto a number of other objects on the computer display, to
facilitate the invocation of a more complicated command.  The
mechanism enables the user (1) to execute commands for many-to-many
relations in a single operation, (2) to invoke multiple commands
simultaneously, and (3) to manipulate objects easily.

      For example, in a file manipulation system having a graphical
user interface, copying of a file to multiple other files can be
specified by the multiple drag-and-drop operation.  In this case,
files are represented by graphical icons on the display.  A user
selects an icon, representing the source file to be copied, by means
of a mouse-click operation, and then drags it onto other icons,
representing the destination files, by means of a multiple
drag-and-drop operation.  As a result, the source file is copied to
the destination files in a single operation.  The conventional method
using normal drag-and-drop operations requires as many manipulations
as the number of files, which is unnecessarily troublesome for users.

      Fig. 1 shows an overview of the implementation.  The letters
(a), (b), and (c) denote hardware components required for the
mechanism, and (d), (e), (f), and (g) denote so...