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WPPileOf Workplace Shell Class

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116695D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 104K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Arruza, BJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a Workplace Shell* Class Called WPPileOf, formed as a container control for exclusively receiving files of the same general type. The association of this class with the word "pile" has been chosen to imply "the laying of one thing...on top of another,...an assembly of like things or things of approximately the same size or shape.

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WPPileOf Workplace Shell Class

      Disclosed is a Workplace Shell* Class Called WPPileOf, formed
as a container control for exclusively receiving files of the same
general type.  The association of this class with the word "pile" has
been chosen to imply "the laying of one thing...on top of
another,...an assembly of like things or things of approximately the
same size or shape.

      Conventional container objects, called folders, can hold
several objects and other folders including different types of
objects.  If a folder of one type is dropped into a folder of another
type in error, separating the result may be difficult.  Furthermore,
when a folder object is opened in the displayed desktop, too much
space is taken up, because the objects within the folder are
displayed, by default, side by side.

      Fig. 1 is an icon view in which an instance, in this example
Think  magazines, of the WPPileOf class is displayed.

      Fig. 2 is an open view in which the contents of the object of
Fig. 1 are represented, by default, after the user has double-clicked
the mouse button while the pointer is on top of the object.  This
representation is obtained by setting up a window, which is smaller
than the window used to display an opened folder object, and by
showing a truncated Details view of the piled objects.  The user can
use the scroll bar and buttons to see additional objects.

      The table shows various behaviors of a PileOf Object, compared
to...