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Solution to Partially Hidden Tree View Entries with Limited Display Space

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123600D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Wanderski, MC: AUTHOR

Abstract

The problem we are trying to address is to have the ability to view entries in a tree view that extend past the right border of a limited display space without extending past the tree view panel (not like in Windows where a small pop-up window appears extending past the right border). This becomes important in environments where display space is limited and where the option of extending outside the tree view panel is not acceptable or possible such as in small hand held devices.

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Solution to Partially Hidden Tree View Entries with Limited Display
Space

   The problem we are trying to address is to have the
ability to view entries in a tree view that extend past the right
border of a limited display space without extending past the tree
view panel (not like in Windows where a small pop-up window appears
extending past the right border).  This becomes important in
environments where display space is limited and where the option of
extending outside the tree view panel is not acceptable or possible
such as in small hand held devices.

   Examples of situations where the stated problems needs
to be addressed are in a pervasive device, where the display is
extremely limited and the tree view may take up the entire display
space so we can not extend outside the panel.  In this case, a tree
entry with a long display name would not be able to be completely
viewed.  Also in Java applets running under a browser's VM, any
window that is displayed is tagged with a message such as "warning
this is an applet window" and thus can not be used for a pop-up
window to display the entry extending over another panel.

   The invention starts by addressing the situation where the
mouse (or any pointing device) is pointing to a tree entry that is
partially hidden by the right border.  The entry is highlighted and
shifted to the left so that the right side of the entry is now being
displayed up to the right tree view panel border; this may now leave
the entry extend...