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Visual for Multiple-Icon Drag Movement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113664D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Andrew, CA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a method for displaying a number of icons selected by the user of a system as the icons are moved across the display screen. As the group of icons is moved, they are presented as being stacked, one atop the other, with an icon chosen by the user being placed at the top of the stack.

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Visual for Multiple-Icon Drag Movement

      Described is a method for displaying a number of icons selected
by the user of a system as the icons are moved across the display
screen.  As the group of icons is moved, they are presented as being
stacked, one atop the other, with an icon chosen by the user being
placed at the top of the stack.

      In graphical user interfaces, small pictures of objects, called
"icons", are used to convey the meaning and purpose of programs and
data with which the user can interact.  Object icons can typically be
moved around the screen from one container to another using the
mouse.  In some interfaces, object icons can be dragged to other
objects in order to perform an action.  For example, a sales chart
object can be moved to a printer object, so that the chart is
printed, or to a trash can object, so that the chart is deleted.
Multiple objects may also be selected and dragged to another object.
The Figs. show the four steps involved in this process.

      First, as shown in Fig. 1, the user selects a group of object
icons using mouse button 1.  Various methods of selection, such as
marquis selection, swipe selection, and extended selection, may be
employed for this purpose.  Fig. 1 shows the marquis selection
process, for example, in which a rectangular box is drawn around the
objects to be selected, using the mouse.  As various objects are
selected, they acquire the "selected emphasis" visual typically used
to indicat...