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Allowing Drag and Drop Across Windows in a Visual Systems Management Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118141D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alimpich, C: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing drag-and-drop operations between objects represented in different windows in a Visual Systems

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Allowing Drag and Drop Across Windows in a Visual Systems Management
Application

      Disclosed is a method for providing drag-and-drop operations
between objects represented in different windows in a Visual Systems

Management graphical interface.  This method gives the user the
capability to manage objects effectively even though they reside in
different windows.

      Visual Systems Management (VSM) is a set of applications that
are part of the AIX* operating system.  These applications provide
graphical interfaces for the system administrator in the AIX
environment.

      Typically, a VSM Graphical User Interface (GUI) consists of one
window.  Within the one window there are operations that can be
performed by dragging one object that resides in the window and
dropping it on another object that resides in the same window.

      A VSM GUI application may, however, consist of more than one
window.  In this case, the windows do not all contain the same object
types, although some types of object may appear in several different
windows.  Interactions between objects that appear in different
windows may be advantageous to the user.

      The VSM model is extended to provide a drag and drop mechanism
(dragging one of the objects and dropping it onto another object) for
objects that appear in different windows.  The results of the drag
and drop operation are the same whether the source and target objects
reside in the same window or in different w...