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Architecture for a Graphic Display Area Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113152D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 460K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a general structure for a standard user interface to A visual systems management architecture that provides a common user interface organization.

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Architecture for a Graphic Display Area Control

      Disclosed is a general structure for a standard user interface
to A visual systems management architecture that provides a common
user interface organization.

      Within the object user interface model system objects that only
have importance during systems administration tasks are mixed with
user created objects.  This provides a poor organization of
information during the performance of systems management tasks.
Systems administrators require unique views of the information on
their systems for the purpose of administrating these resources.
This is particularly true for UNIX* derivative operating systems such
as AIX**.  To provide the administrator with more than the common
object based interface available to all users requires a structuring
of the information and a common architecture of how to present this
information.

      The architecture is comprised of common screen objects that are
used by all the visual system management applications.  This is
composed of a number of screen widgits and their associated
behaviors.  Included are: the template area, the action area, the
work area, the information area and selected dialogs including helps
and messages.

      The visual system management interface may be described as
object-based, application oriented.  That is to say that the user
will perform the majority of the system commands by the direct
manipulation of screen objects via a mouse or other control device.
These objects are contained in a window created for the purpose of
performing a specific set of related system management functions.
The objects are not available for manipulation outside of their
visual system management window and they do not interact with any
window or object outside of their base visual system management
window.  The layout of the objects is controlled by the visual system
management architecture which establishes order and relationship.

      The basic principle of the use of the visual system management
interface is direct manipulation.  This is combined with a rigid
structure to facilitate the learning and use of the applications.
Across all application a common method is used for such tasks as:
creation, act on, get help, see details on, filter the display of or
find a specific object or set of objects.  This is accomplished
through the use of the common widgets defined by the architecture.

      The basic principle of the organization of the visual systems
management interface is a synthesized view of the data.  A
synthesized view takes information f...