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Window Magnets and Cement to Determine Auto-Arrangement of Icons for Graphic User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113839D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for letting a user determine which icons are affected by an auto-arrange function, as well as visually showing what the auto-arrange function will do.

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Window Magnets and Cement to Determine Auto-Arrangement of Icons
for Graphic User Interfaces

      A method is disclosed for letting a user determine which icons
are affected by an auto-arrange function, as well as visually showing
what the auto-arrange function will do.

      The solution states that a user can determine for specific
icons a cement in place property.  A user can set this property via
some graphical method such as a flip-lock on that object's icon, or
via some menu or property setting (on the pop-up menu or that
object's property notebook).  This will mean that the object can be
moved by a user specifically, but will not be affected by any
system-initiated auto-arrangement request, even if requested by the
user.

      Additionally, the solution states that the auto-arrange
direction of travel of the icons (for example, if they are to be
arranged from the top of the window down or vice versa), be visually
represented on the window frame as a set of magnets which will
attract the icons to that location when the arrange is requested.

      The benefit to the "cement in place" property is that a user
can specifically place icons in a given spot and be assured that
those icons will not move from that spot until the user specifically
moves the icon or removes the cement in place property.

      The benefit to the magnet arrangement indication is two-fold:
the user will be aware of the direction in which non-cemented icons
will move, as t...