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Showing the Destination of a Choice in Existing Graphic User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113817D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 173K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A user interface method for presenting the destination of a choice is disclosed.

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Showing the Destination of a Choice in Existing Graphic User Interfaces

      A user interface method for presenting the destination of a
choice is disclosed.

      When a choice is cursored with either the keyboard or the
mouse, the destination for that choice, when applicable, "bleeds
through" to the desktop at the location where it exists or where it
is contained.  For example, a user has three trashcans on their
desktop:  an "immediate delete" trashcan (otherwise known as a
shredder), a "delete once a day" trashcan and a "never-delete"
trashcan.  The user has made a settings choice in the desktop
settings notebook that delete operations always go to the
"never-delete" trashcan unless specifically overridden where
available.  If a user places the cursor on the "Delete" choice on the
pop-up menu on an object in the interface, the target trashcan (in
this case, the never-delete trashcan) icon will be placed on top of
any obscuring element on the desktop so that it appears to "surface"
onto the desktop over any open windows.  This appearance will allow a
user to see that this will be the destination for this action, and
the user can change actions or accept the action, and know where they
can retrieve the object from, if they so choose.

      Additionally, if the icons for the target are contained in
another object (i.e., the OS/2* System folder on the desktop), the
icon for the target will appear over the desktop location for the
container object, and ag...