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Architecture for a Graphic User and Group Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114486D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 426K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bowman, M: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is an architecture for graphically displaying user and group information defined on a specific system. The architecture is unique in its simultaneous display of users, groups, user membership, and group membership. The architecture also allows for direct manipulation of graphical user and group objects, and the objects themselves may graphically display various states. Also unique to this architecture is the structured way that the user and group objects are organized and displayed on the screen.

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Architecture for a Graphic User and Group Interface

      Disclosed is an architecture for graphically displaying user
and group information defined on a specific system.  The architecture
is unique in its simultaneous display of users, groups, user
membership, and group membership.  The architecture also allows for
direct manipulation of graphical user and group objects, and the
objects themselves may graphically display various states.  Also
unique to this architecture is the structured way that the user and
group objects are organized and displayed on the screen.

      System administrators require unique views of the user ids and
groups on the systems which they maintain.  A synthesized view of
these objects will assist the system administrator in maintaining
their systems.  Providing multiple starting points for the system
administartor allows the administrator to quickly obtain the object
of interest.  The administrator may start with the user and discover
the groups the user belongs to, or the administrator can start with a
group and find what are the user members of that group.

      Once obtaining the object of choice, the administrator can act
on that object by direct manipulation.  Some manipulations which can
be performed on user and group objects are deleting or removal,
discover properties, and move or link, to name a few.

      Lastly, since the objects are graphically displayed, small
changes in the objects' appearance can denote st...