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Method And System For Utilizing Differential Rate Of Reduction Of Elements In Zooming Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239624D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 109K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for utilizing differential rate of reduction of elements in zooming operations.

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Method And System For Utilizing Differential Rate Of Reduction Of Elements In Zooming Operations

Graphical modeling editors use shapes and lines to visualize models, where shapes represent elements in a modeled system. As a model increases in size or if a device
on which the model is being viewed gets smaller, the model may not appear entirely in an editor at one time. This diminishes the editor's ability to coherently display the model. Most graphical editors zoom to fit the model in a diagram but at higher zoom ratios, the diagram becomes illegible except for a broad outline of layout of the diagram. Similarly as a text-based model gets larger, the model may not appear entirely in a text editor at one time. With most text editors, a user collapses sections of a source or the editor may display a separate outline of the elements in a model, however these techniques still hide sections of the model. A collapsed section might be hiding a single line of code or an entire inner script. As with a graphical editor, font size is decreased
to expose more of a source at one time, but once again the model becomes increasingly illegible.

Disclosed is a method and system for utilizing differential rate of reduction of elements in zooming operations. The zooming operations are carried out in diagram editors and source or text editors. The method and system prolongs legibility of salient content by maintaining higher level of zooms for rest of content that is being zoomed.

In accordance with the method and system, figure 1 illustrates a differential rate of reduction during a zoom-in operation in a diagram editor.

Figure 1

As illustrated in figure 1, title and validation text are larger due to a higher-zoom level than the other elements such as graphical and textual. A threshold is eventually reached where even label and icon is reduced in size or the diagram may not fit in the diagram editor as shape contains an entire label. However, rate of reduction is still at a slower pace than the non-salient parts of the diagram editor. Therefore, a

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"zoom-selected" tool is provided to a user to restore missing details of a shape.

Similarly, figure 2 illustrat...