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Direct Manipulation of Hypermedia Links

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120830D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baber, RL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method for direct manipulation of hypermedia link markers in documents, for example, drag/drop of such markers between documents in an integrated office system.

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Direct Manipulation of Hypermedia Links

      This article describes a method for direct manipulation
of hypermedia link markers in documents, for example, drag/drop of
such markers between documents in an integrated office system.

      Direct manipulation is in the works for the OS/2* desktop and
is an integral part of the OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) desktop, but it is
not a feature enjoyed by hypermedia users.  This is because
hypermedia has been offered as a system in which control over the
link markers is wielded by the application, rather than by an
environment (OV/2) which can handle direct manipulation between
participating applications.  The hypermedia EUI (end user interface)
could be simplified substantially if direct manipulation were
available for link creation, deletion, move, copy, etc.  This
simplification is substantial enough that new uses for hypermedia
technology become practical and desirable.

      Offer hypermedia as an integral part of the application
enabling environment, rather than as an "add-on" application.  Since
hypermedia is concerned with linking between applications, it
simplifies things when hypermedia function can reside at a lower
level than the applications for which it provides link services.  In
a well-designed enabling environment, hypermedia linking function is
merely an extension of existing function for object handling.  Just
as you create an icon representing an application, which then can be
dragged and dropped on other applicati...