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A method is described to allow a user to select an existing object to work on with a single action.
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Single Action to Both Create And Modify an Object
A method is described to allow a user to select an existing object to work on
with a single action.
In a "Modeless Object Oriented Approach" product, the user has to select the
object first before a valid action can be taken on it. This approach is superior to
the "Action Object Approach" because it prevents the user from selecting a
wrong object after the action is picked (i.e., selecting the stretch action followed
by selecting the paragraph object in an "Action Object Approach" product. This
approach is also superior to the "Task Oriented Approach" because it eliminates
the large number of tasks offered to the user (M different types of objects and N
different types of actions may generate M x N different kinds of tasks).
Since an object cannot be selected before it is created, the create process is
usually treated as a special case; that is, creation is the only case that the user
selects the action first. Create is often treated as a mode in most of the products
using this approach and this inconsistency weakens the total approach.
In the new method, a dummy object NEW and action OPEN are introduced to
solve this problem. The user may select the object NEW and apply the open
action. The NEW object is displayed which contains the default attributes. The
user may modify it to get the final result.