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Tool-bar for Manipulating Film-like Editable Rectangle Area in Word Processor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116370D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 6 page(s) / 150K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nozaki, I: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed are a tool-bar for displaying properties of film-like rectangle display/editable area and a method for locating a tool-bar on screen. The tool-bar is displayed outside of the area, and the z-order of the rectangle area can be changed with a pointing device in a word processor application.

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Tool-bar for Manipulating Film-like Editable Rectangle Area in Word
Processor

      Disclosed are a tool-bar for displaying properties of film-like
rectangle display/editable area and a method for locating a tool-bar
on screen.  The tool-bar is displayed outside of the area, and the
z-order of the rectangle area can be changed with a pointing device
in a word processor application.

      There are some word processors (or DTP softwares) in the market
that allow users to edit one rectangle area among other areas on
screen at a time.  Each program has the following characteristics:
  o  Likens an editable rectangle area to an object like a piece of
      paper - such as Sheet and Film.  The 'rectangle editable area'
is
      called Film in this paper.
  o  Allows to move a film toward the top, bottom, left and right to
      re-locate anywhere on a screen.
  o  Allows to size a film to any size.
  o  Can be visible/invisible.
  o  Allows to change the Z-order of a film.
  o  Allows to overlay a film on another film (Fig. 1).
  o  Allows to link a film if it's a text film (Fig. 2).
     -  If text is imported into linked A film, the text flows
         automatically into A film one by one in link order.  If some
         text is inserted into or deleted from the upper A film, the
         contents of lower A film re-flows.

      Some of them allow to move/size films with a pointing device,
but doesn't allow them to switch between visible/invisible and change
Z-order of films with a pointing device.

      Position and size of films can be recognized easily on the
screen, but Z-order, visible/invisible, link order and type of
contents cannot be always recognized.

      Some of them allow the user to move the tool-bar around on the
screen.  Although it can be moved to anywhere, it sometimes make the
user frustrated when the user changes the current film to another,
because the user has to re-locate a tool-bar also.

      This invention provides a indicator/tool-bar for film so that
the user doesn't have to re-locate the tool-bar when current (active)
film is changed.  This indicator/tool-bar also provides function to
refer/update properties of films without moving the pointing device
long way.

      If film is active, property-indicator/tool-bar (called tool-bar
below) for film is displayed with appearance below.  When another
film becomes active, this tool-bar disappears and a new tool-bar
appears next to the newly activated film.

      Contents of Tool-bar A:Type of film is displayed here....