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Displaying Object Connections or Relations Using Links

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114400D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, KD: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism for displaying connections or relations between objects using visual links within a window.

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Displaying Object Connections or Relations Using Links

      Disclosed is a mechanism for displaying connections or
relations between objects using visual links within a window.

      In an object-oriented environment, there is a need to visually
represent the relationships between objects.  When a folder or window
is opened, it displays the contained objects but does not visualize
any relationships that may exist between those objects.  It would be
more informative if you could tell parent child relationships for
example.  Or, in a distributed environment, it would help to know
which machines are physically connected or have access to a
distributed file system.

      A solution is to allow an application to present links (i.e.,
lines between objects) within a window or container to show the
relation between those objects.  These links would be assigned
according to a type of Link Manager that is associated with the
window or folder.  With this implementation, a user can dynamically
choose the Link Manager that is to be associated with the window to
reflect the desired object relationships.  For example, if a window
contains icons for a group of objects in a distributed system there
could be two Link Managers associated with the window.  One link
would show physical links and one would show file system linkage.  If
users want to know how the systems are physically attached, they can
choose the correct Link Manager and see lines between the machine
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