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Parts Catalog and Parts Palette in a Graphic User Interface Designer Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116363D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 133K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Davison, J: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A method and user interface for allowing users of a Graphic User Interface (GUI) Designer tool to specify which GUI parts are available for use is disclosed. A Parts Catalog (Fig. 1) in conjunction with a Parts Palette (Fig. 2) is used to achieve this level of customization.

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Parts Catalog and Parts Palette in a Graphic User Interface Designer
Tool

      A method and user interface for allowing users of a Graphic
User Interface (GUI) Designer tool to specify which GUI parts are
available for use is disclosed.  A Parts Catalog (Fig. 1) in
conjunction with a Parts Palette  (Fig. 2) is used to achieve this
level of customization.

      GUI Designer tools usually have a window which contains a
selection of controls or "parts".  The user can select from these
parts when creating a graphical user interface.  Unfortunately, how
and where this group of parts is displayed is not often easily
customized.

      The disclosed method and interface allow the user to customize
exactly how these parts are grouped and where they appear.  Two
concepts have been introduced for this purpose - the "Parts Catalog"
and the "Parts Palette".

      The Parts Catalog is a an OS/2 Presentation Manager* notebook,
where each page contains a Presentation Manager container of parts.
Each page contains a different category of parts; e.g., one page may
contain Button parts, while another may contain Data Entry parts.
The Parts Catalog acts as a "master list"; it contains all parts
which can be used in the GUI Designer.  It appears in a moveable and
sizeable window and can be placed anywhere on the desktop.  This
position and size is stored so that the next time the GUI Designer is
run, the Parts Catalog is exactly where it was the last time the
program was used.

      The Parts Palette, on the other hand, is a simple Presentation
Manager container of user interface parts.  It can appear in its own
resizeable and moveable window (whose position and size are stored,
as with the catalog), or it can appear above, below, to the left of,
or to the right of the client ar...