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Contained Settings Viewer/Modifier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113917D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described for showing and modifying settings information on a group of contained objects. In all current graphical environments, if a user wishes to see settings information, or even modify it, they must open a window on each of the objects. For a container that contains similar objects, when a user wishes to compare the settings of two or more objects and perhaps change them to be similar, the user must have that many windows open and switch between the windows and pages in the appropriate notebooks. A new way is proposed of providing settings information in a seamless manner to how the current environment works. The proposed new view is shown in the Figure.

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Contained Settings Viewer/Modifier

      A method is described for showing and modifying settings
information on a group of contained objects.  In all current
graphical environments, if a user wishes to see settings information,
or even modify it, they must open a window on each of the objects.
For a container that contains similar objects, when a user wishes to
compare the settings of two or more objects and perhaps change them
to be similar, the user must have that many windows open and switch
between the windows and pages in the appropriate notebooks.  A new
way is proposed of providing settings information in a seamless
manner to how the current environment works.  The proposed new view
is shown in the Figure.

      The view contains a column for each of the values set in the
property notebook for each object.  For example, some of the columns
are "Path and File Name", "Parameters", "Working directory",
"Template", "Minimize to", etc...  Each of the entries for the
individual objects contain information telling a user what that
setting is.  In keeping with direct editing that is enabled in most
environments (in OS/2, by pressing Alt + MouseButton 1 on the object
icon's label, or in the Mac, by simply pressing MouseButton 1 on the
object icon's label), a user could quite directly change this
information by directly editing the entry in the appropriate column.
Additionally, a pop-up menu could be provided for those choices that
have a set number of possible...