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Simple Method for Default View Selection in Object Oriented User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113474D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Foster Jr, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a simple method for default view selection in Object Oriented User Interfaces. The selected desktop icon is modifed via an underbar. This underbar, when pressed, shows the views available on the object. Moving the cursor through the list with the mouse selection button depressed changes the view selected. Releasing the mouse selection button sets the last view selected as the default.

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Simple Method for Default View Selection in Object Oriented User
Interfaces

      Disclosed is a simple method for default view selection in
Object Oriented User Interfaces.  The selected desktop icon is
modifed via an underbar.  This underbar, when pressed, shows the
views available on the object.  Moving the cursor through the list
with the mouse selection button depressed changes the view selected.
Releasing the mouse selection button sets the last view selected as
the default.

      This invention involves the use of desktop icon augmentation,
an "underbar", on the selected desktop object or objects.  When the
underbar is pressed, a list of views is displayed in either a
graphical or textual format.  When the cursor is moved through this
list with the mouse selection button depressed, the view selected
changes.  View selection is indicated by cursor emphasis and a
checkmark.  Releasing the mouse selection button sets the last view
selected as the default.  Once the selection emphasis is removed from
the desktop object, the underbar is also removed (Figure).

The Three slides above show:

1.  The state of the object after the underbar has been pressed,

2.  The state of the object when the cursor is over the bell graphic,
    and

3.  The state of the object after the mouse selection button is
    released.

      Notice that the iconic representation on the desktop has
changed, indicating that the "Program" default view is now auditory
rather t...