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Source Dimension Copying using the Standard Clipboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113424D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is disclosed in which the dimensions of an object are copied from a source object, without any data contents, to be later applied to a different object.

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Source Dimension Copying using the Standard Clipboard

      A method is disclosed in which the dimensions of an object are
copied from a source object, without any data contents, to be later
applied to a different object.

      For example, using a graphics editing program and an advanced
word processing program, a user may wish to make a portion of the
text in their newsletter bold and in the outline of the map of the
U.S.  Normally, the user would have to be very accurate in manually
bolding the text while referring to the map in a different section of
the display.  A slightly more effective technique would be to place
an image of the map into the document so that the text and map layer
on top of each other, place the map below the text, then painfully
and manually select the text to approximate the map which is occluded
by the text.  This is a very error-prone technique, which can be
improved by using the clipboard as described in the proposed
solution.

      In the graphics editing program of the proposed solution, the
user can see the image whose dimensions they are interested in and
select that object (in this case, the object representing the map of
the U.S.).  The object appears as selected, and, were the normal
clipboard actions taken, the contents of that graphic would have been
placed on the clipboard.  However, a "Copy dimensions" choice is
requested, which will determine the area occupied by the shape and
place that information on the clipboard.  Note that, at this time,
the clipboard contains no knowledge of the image's characteristics
other than the space that it...