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Using a Table to Organize All Data Types

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113343D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for including any type of object in a table, in any cell.

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Using a Table to Organize All Data Types

      Disclosed is a method for including any type of object in a
table, in any cell.

      This solution describes a way of organizing, presenting and
interacting with a table that works for all data objects.  To the
user, a cell, or series of cells, can be restricted to contain only a
specific type of information.  In these cases (e.g., restriction to
text) the user would be prevented from entering numeric values into
one of those cells.

      In the cells that are unrestricted, however, the user should be
able to place any information which is appropriate.  This includes
adding basic data elements, such as numbers or text, or including
other user objects in the user's graphical environment, such as a
folder or a printer.  To place the more complex user objects in a
cell, the user simply needs to drag that object's icon into the
desired cell, or place it on the clipboard and then paste the object
into the cell.  Once in the cell, the object behaves as it normally
does when it resides in a container or on the user's desktop.  For
example, given an icon for an object in a cell, the user can open a
window on that object by double clicking on that object's icon.  By
maintaining the standard behaviors, the user will simply be able to
treat the cell as a small standard container, without the traditional
window ornaments.

      For example, the user can have a series of rows and columns in
a table that represents...