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User Defined Views of Folder Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114466D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banda, VP: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Object oriented user interfaces consist of groups of objects that can be selected and opened. In the case of a folder object, it can be opened to present another set of objects that it contains. This article discloses a method to allow users to define what folders will contain when they are opened.

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User Defined Views of Folder Objects

      Object oriented user interfaces consist of groups of objects
that can be selected and opened.  In the case of a folder object, it
can be opened to present another set of objects that it contains.
This article discloses a method to allow users to define what folders
will contain when they are opened.

      The OS/2* 2.X Workplace Shell* provides a selection of views
that can be used to open a folder.  For example, you can open the
OS/2 System Folder in icon, tree, and details view.  Each of these
views presents the contained objects in a different manner, but is
limited to the number of views provided by the system and cannot
present a subset of the contained objects.  There is no way for the
user to extend the number of views that can be used to open the
folder.  This becomes a significant handicap when you are opening
folders that contain objects that represent distributed system
components.  For example, a folder that contains all of the objects
in the distributed network could contain litterally thousands of
objects.  Opening this folder will present the user with an
overwhelming number of system icons that convey little or no
information about the objects themselves.  It would be more intuitive
if there where a list of views that could be used to open this folder
in addition to the system provided icon, tree, and details views.
These new user-defined (UDEF) views could be used to display more
information about each of the objects in the folder by changing
icons, arrangement, etc., as well as defining what the folder itself
will contain.

      A solution would be to add a page to the settings notebook of
the folder.  From this settings page, the user can define views that
are used to open the folder.  These new UDEF views then display on
the submenu off the 'Open as...' pop-up context menu for that folder
below the system provided settings, icon, tree, and details views.
Users can then define or delete as many UDEF views as they desire per
folder.

The user can set up a UDEF view using any of the following:
  o  Filtering - controls the content of the folder by comparing
      against some data element of each object to present only those
      objects that meet the filter criteria.
  o  View Manager - changes the icons of the objects themselves to
      reflect a data element (like if a system is active or...