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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026888D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Many current computer systems have a pointing device, such as a 'house", for use with a direct manipulation graphical user interface (GUI) for manipulating information in screen workspace regions called "windows". A characteristic of direct manipulation GUIs is the display and manipulation of graphical display objects (variously called "icons", "tools" and "widgets") in order to interact with and accomplish tasks on the computer system. Graphical display objects perform two roles: they function as a display which conveys information about their function or about an object on which a task is being performed, and as a control that the user manipulates to accom lish a