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Tool for Display and Traversal of Network or Hierarchical Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118199D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chambers, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Complex network or hierarchical information, typically found in design or network management tools, is difficult to display and navigate because of the large number of nodes of similar type which must be displayed simultaneously.

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Tool for Display and Traversal of Network or Hierarchical Information

      Complex network or hierarchical information, typically found in
design or network management tools, is difficult to display and
navigate because of the large number of nodes of similar type which
must be displayed simultaneously.

      To overcome these limitations, a fractal technique is used to
display the information.  An object O of primary interest is selected
and displayed in the center of a window on a screen.  Objects
associated with this object O are displayed around object O, at a
distance y, and reduced in size by percentage p.  Likewise, objects
associated with these objects are displayed in a similar manner.  The
size of Object O and the values of y and p are tailorable.  Practical
values vary according to the information being displayed.

      Scaling of associated nodes in a network by size and distance
from the starting point, object O, enables much larger quantities of
complex information to be viewed and traversed than is possible using
conventional display techniques which use fixed size objects.

      The primary object O is displayed as a large object in the
center of the screen.  Selection of another object as the primary
object causes that object to be enlarged and moved to the center of
the screen and all other objects to be shrunk and redisplayed in
relation to the new primary object.  This has the side effect, when
used to display network managemen...