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Provided is a graphical technique to visually display a layer of information below the current objects in order to overcome the deficiencies of current implementations.
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Graphical Technique to Access Hidden Information
Provided is a graphical technique to visually display a layer of information
below the current objects in order to overcome the deficiencies of current
The technique provides an icon in the form of a prism. To see additional
information on a visible object, the user performs a "grab and drag" operation on
the icon. The icon is placed over the desired object. The graphic prism then
displays the next layer of information about the object in a graphic manner in a
window that automatically opens by the prism. The user can perform operations
on the information displayed in the dynamic window attached to the prism. If the
user moves the prism to another object, the window closes and reopens next to
the prism with information for the new object.
The benefits to the end user are reduced keystrokes for opening and closing
objects during browsing operations, reduced keystrokes in performing operations
which operate on the layer of information below the object content, and a screen
space-saving in the presentation of the dynamic window attached to the prism.