05784061 is referenced by 86 patents and cites 11 patents.

A method and apparatus for representing a group of graphic objects so as to maximize usage of a display area on a computer controlled graphics display system. The present invention provides a means for "collapsing" a group of graphic objects so that the group is represented by a container icon. The container icon occupies a smaller amount of display area than the group of objects. The group is recallable (i.e. expanded) by "tapping" on the container icon. Alternatively, the group may be located on a separate accessible area of the display space. The container icon is itself a graphical object and can be moved, copied or deleted. Any change of attributes, e.g. color, of the graphical object causes a corresponding change to the group of graphic objects.

Title
Method and apparatus for collapsing and expanding selected regions on a work space of a computer controlled display system
Application Number
8/670967
Publication Number
5784061
Application Date
June 26, 1996
Publication Date
July 21, 1998
Inventor
William J van Melle
Los Altos
CA, US
Patrick Chiu
Menlo Park
CA, US
Thomas P Moran
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Richard B Domingo
Assignee
Xerox Corporation
CT, US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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