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Controlling the View of a Collection of Objects within a Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114288D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banda, VP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a way for users to customize the contents and organization of visual objects within a window.

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Controlling the View of a Collection of Objects within a Window

      Disclosed is a way for users to customize the contents and
organization of visual objects within a window.

      There is now a problem being introduced because object-oriented
Graphical User Interfaces are being popular.  Groups of different
objects can be placed within a window regardless of their type.  For
example, in a distributed environment, all objects in the environment
can be placed in one window.  All the user sees is a group of object
icons clumped in a window, which does not convey much information.
Nothing regarding the object status, setup, features, and so on is
presented to the user.  The problem is how to present object
information
to the user in an intuitive fashion such that it conveys relation
information and does not require additional actions by the user.

      The solution is to associate a View Manager with the window.
When the window is opened, the View Manager receives the list of
objects that are to be placed in the window.  The View Manager then
queries a data element or attribute of each object and associates an
icon to each object in the list, based on the queried value.  Each
system then has an icon that conveys the value of the query to the
user.  Only one View Manager can be associated with a window at one
time, but the View Manager associated with the window can be changed
by the user at any time to reflect any desired data element or
attribute value...