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Object Attribute Manipulation Within a Transformation Graph

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121624D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In the office environment, there are many different document content types created by different editors. The term document is used to describe any distinct object (e.g., MO:DCA, ODA, G3FAX, voice, image, user-defined, etc.). An application may exist to show the graphical representations that a set of object transforms have to each other. Unfortunately, the graphical representation generated by an application may not represent the desired graphical view of the transformation graph from the personal perspective of a user. Many times a user may wish to manipulate a transformation graph into a graphical view which meets the user's own personal decorum.

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Object Attribute Manipulation Within a Transformation Graph

      In the office environment, there are many different
document content types created by different editors. The term
document is used to describe any distinct object (e.g., MO:DCA, ODA,
G3FAX, voice, image, user-defined, etc.). An application may exist to
show the graphical representations that a set of object transforms
have to each other. Unfortunately, the graphical representation
generated by an application may not represent the desired graphical
view of the transformation graph from the personal perspective of a
user.  Many times a user may wish to manipulate a transformation
graph into a graphical view which meets the user's own personal
decorum.

      A methodology is needed to allow a user to manipulate the
attributes of objects (representing transforms formats) in a
transformation graph.  These objects, as generated by the system, may
still require user customization to result in a desired graph. This
article describes the mechanisms whereby the attributes of the
objects can be presented in a graphical format that is desired by the
user.

      The transformations available will be displayed graphically
with nodes representing the different transform object types and
"arrowed" arcs representing the transformation paths between two
objects. The objects will normally be represented by shapes, such as
rectangles or circles.  These objects can be moved by the user with
ease anywhere on the graph by selecting the object and positioning it
elsewhere on the graph as desired by the user. However, the user may
also wish to change the shape or form of the box in which the object
is presented.  They may also desire to change the properties of t...