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Architecture for a Graphic View Area Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113101D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 267K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a general structure for a standard user interface control to contain a user selection mechanism for controlling how the current data is to be viewed.

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Architecture for a Graphic View Area Control

      Disclosed is a general structure for a standard user interface
control to contain a user selection mechanism for controlling how the
current data is to be viewed.

      In a graphical user interface, it is often necessary to display
objects contained within container objects so that numerous objects
may be shown simultaneously.  Some container objects may contain a
varying number of objects, ranging from a few objects of a very large
number of objects.  The number of contained objects is often larger
than can be viewed at one time.  A general structure for a standard
set of user interface controls to contain a user selection mechanism
for controlling how the current data is to be viewed is necessary.

      A standard set of graphic view controls to be used in a family
of graphical user interface applications has been invented which can
contain and organize in an easy-to-use manner the user selection of
how the current objects are to be viewed.  The set of graphic view
controls allows for viewing the current objects in their normal size
or in a miniaturized version.  The Figure shows the set of graphical
view controls (1).  When either of the two controls is applied to
(dropped on) a container, the container object displays the
appropriately sized objects.  Any white space within a container and
any container label is a valid drop site.  The set of graphic view
controls is unique because they can be app...