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Direct Manipulation Control for Scheduling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115032D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a control to be used in a family of graphical user interface applications to modify the schedule of one or more objects. Unique is the use of direct manipulation to modify the schedule of objects.

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Direct Manipulation Control for Scheduling

      Disclosed is a control to be used in a family of graphical user
interface applications to modify the schedule of one or more objects.
Unique is the use of direct manipulation to modify the schedule of
objects.

      Within a graphical user interface it is possible to have a
large number of objects, each with a unique state.  When these
objects are able to perform actions at a scheduled time, each object
will have a unique schedule.  It is often desirable to set the
schedule for multiple objects at the same time.  A mechanism is
needed to allow the viewing and changing of the schedule for one or
more objects.

      The direct manipulation control which has been invented allows
the scheduling of one or more objects.  When the control is applied
to an object or a group of selected objects, a schedule modification
dialog appears (Figures).  This dialog allows the user the change the
time and date for which a particular action is scheduled.  It also
allows an action to be unscheduled.

      This control is unique in its use of direct manipulation to
modify the schedule of a single object or group of objects.  The
action is immediately visible, in contrast to actions such as popup
menus, and does not rely upon object selection, in contrast to
actions such as pulldown menus.  In addition, the control is flexible
in its use and can be used to create, modify and delete schedules.