Methods and apparatus for interacting with data objects using action handles

  • US 5,760,773 A
  • Filed: 01/06/1995
  • Issued: 06/02/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a computer controlled display system having a display coupled to a central processing unit (CPU) for displaying images, a method for displaying and controlling actions relating to a data object displayed on the display, comprising the steps of:

  • generating a graphic image associated with the data object on the display;

    generating a graphic image of an action handle proximate to the data object;

    providing an activatable region on the display associated with the action handle graphic image;

    in response to the user'"'"'s positioning of a pointer on the display with a pointing control device operatively associated with the CPU, providing a signal to the CPU upon correspondence of the pointer with the activatable region of the action handle;

    in response to a signal indicative of a first type of interaction between the pointer and the activatable region associated with the action handle, displaying at least one selectable command relating to the data object in a context menu including the at least one selectable command; and

    in response to signal indicative of a second type of interaction between the pointer and the activatable region associated with the action handle, moving the graphic image of the data object on the display.

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