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Architecture for an Action Palette Object Area Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113946D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bowman, M: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is the general structure for a standard user interface control, the Action Palette Object Area control, to be used in a family of graphical user interface applications to contain and organize in an easy-to-use manner the action objects that may be used to complete the user tasks in the interface. When the application is opened, the Actions area is also opened and the Actions Area control is activated. See the Figure, Example of Actions Area.

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Architecture for an Action Palette Object Area Control

      Disclosed is the general structure for a standard user
interface control, the Action Palette Object Area control, to be used
in a family of graphical user interface applications to contain and
organize in an easy-to-use manner the action objects that may be used
to complete the user tasks in the interface.  When the application is
opened, the Actions area is also opened and the Actions Area control
is activated.  See the Figure, Example of Actions Area.

      The Actions area consists of two parts:  the title bar area and
the action palette object area.  The title bar area is a standard
area containing the "Actions" label left justified in the window.
The Action Palette Object Area is a standard control which controls
the display of the action objects that can be manipulated in the
interface.  Included in this palette are the actions common to a
family of graphical interfaces, as well as the actions specific to
the objects being managed in each interface.

      The Actions Palette Object Area is architected to display a
two(wide)-by-n(long) matrix of actions.  Screen space is reserved in
the primary application screen so that the area can grow vertically
as required by any member of the graphical interface family.  The
horizontal space allocated for this area has been determined by the
space required for two 24x24 action icons, plus a border of "white
space" to allow for ease of selection and manipulation by the user.
The length of the area is determined dynamically upon application
invocation.

      The structure of the placement of these common and unique
actions are as follows:  first line, actions 1...