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GOTO Object Action to Eliminate User Manual Search

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114397D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Segapeli, J: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a complex Graphical User Interface (GUI), where many objects are represented, and each of the objects can be communicating asynchronously with the user, the user can be bombarded with incoming information. There is a requirement for a generalized solution that enables presenting the posted messages and their source to the user. This enables the user to scan and quickly act upon a larger volume of information.

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GOTO Object Action to Eliminate User Manual Search

      In a complex Graphical User Interface (GUI), where many objects
are represented, and each of the objects can be communicating
asynchronously with the user, the user can be bombarded with incoming
information.  There is a requirement for a generalized solution that
enables presenting the posted messages and their source to the user.
This enables the user to scan and quickly act upon a larger volume of
information.

      For example, let's assume the object sending the information is
a system in a distributed network.  It has posted information that an
application on that syste has encountered a condition that is
monitored (such as out of memory).  When this notice is posted to the
user, the user needs a means of "going to" that object so that
further administrative action can be taken.

      By architecting that the posting object must provide its unique
name and optionally, the user defined collection name it resides in,
it is possible to ta one of two routes of action.

      This provides the user with a quick, single selection "GoTo"
option on the poste object's menu which immediately navigates to the
object referred to by the posted object, thus closing the gap between
incoming information and  finding the posting object in order to then
take further action.