User interface orienting to hybrid task and file

Application Number  00129496 Application Date  2000.12.29
Publication Number  1319798 Publication Date  2001.10.31
Priority Information   2000/1/31 US 09/495217  
Applicant(s) Name  International Business Machine Corp.  
Inventor(s) Name  H.M. Luke  
Patent Agency Code  72001 Patent Agent  luan bensheng
AbstractAn interactive process navigation window is a hybrid of a file-based paradigm and a task-based paradigm. The window contains multiple panes, in which at least one pane (object pane) lists objects, while another pane lists tasks which are applicable to a selected object in the object pane, and which serves as a launchpad for various application software. A root object pane is placed in the upper left portion of the window, displaying groupings and sub-groupings of objects. A content object pane is placed in the upper right portion, the content pane displaying the contents of a group selected from the root pane. A task pane occupies the bottom of the window, the task pane displaying tasks applicable to the group selected from the root pane.