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Solid Selection Rectangle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116493D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lewsey, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for selecting a group of visible parts in a Graphic User Interface (GUI) application is disclosed. This selection is accomplished with a solid rectangle that can be manipulated with either a mouse or keyboard.

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Solid Selection Rectangle

      A method for selecting a group of visible parts in a Graphic
User Interface (GUI) application is disclosed.  This selection is
accomplished with a solid rectangle that can be manipulated with
either a mouse or keyboard.

Using a mouse, the user would press the mouse button down, and hold
it down (Fig. 1).

      Keyboard support for this selection method would require an
extra step:  determining the starting point for the rectangle.
Initiation of selection would be accomplished through a hot-key
sequence, or by selecting a menu item.  The next thing the user would
have to do is position the mouse pointer where they wanted the
rectangle to be anchored.  This could be performed using the mouse,
or by using the up, down, left and right arrow keys.

      Once a satisfactory anchor point is reached, the user would
press the enter/return key.  To move the corner of the rectangle
opposite the anchor, the user would again use the mouse or the cursor
keys.

      To complete selection, the user would press enter one more
time.  To abort the process, the escape key could be used.