System and methods for building spreadsheet applications

CAFC
  • US 5,623,591 A
  • Filed: 09/10/1993
  • Issued: 04/22/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In an electronic spreadsheet system having a memory and a storage device for storing data in a plurality of cell objects, each of said cell objects having a set of properties including a value property, each of the set of properties have associated values, a method for defining selected user interaction with a given cell object, the method comprising:

  • in response to first user input, generating a user interface object of a predefined type distinct from cell objects, said user interface object having a set of properties including a value property;

    in response to second user input, linking said value property of the given cell object with said value property of said user interface ojbect;

    displaying said user interface object with a value of said value property corresponding to the value of said value property of the given cell object; and

    in response to end-user input that effects a change in the value of said value property of said user interface object, propagating the change to the given cell object so that the given cell object has its value of said value property set to said changed value of said value property of said user interface object.

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