US005995940A [ii] Patent Number: 5,995,940  Date of Patent: Nov. 30,1999
 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EDITING MULTIVALUED PROPERTIES OF AN OBJECT
 Inventor: Alan Aitken Ramaley, Seattle, Wash.
 Assignee: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Wash.
 Appl. No.: 08/821,232  Filed: Mar. 20, 1997
 Int. CI. G04B 19 00
 U.S. CI 705/9; 705/8; 707/10;
 Field of Search 705/9, 8; 707/10,
707/102, 103; 395/200.32, 650
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,301,320 4/1994 McAtee et al 395/650
5,745,901 4/1998 Entner et al 707/103
5,826,020 10/1998 Randell 395/200.32
5,826,239 10/1998 Du et al 705/8
Primary Examiner—-Thomas R. Peeso
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—-Jones & Askew, LLP
A method and system for editing the assignments for a task in a project management software environment. The editing can be preformed in a dropdown grid, which is a grid that includes a name column, including a checkbox, and a total hours column. The dropdown grid further includes cells in the name column and the total work column. The user can select a cell in the dropdown grid by using arrow keys on a keyboard or by clicking a mouse button. The user may assign an individual to an assignment or remove an individual from an assignment by checking or unchecking a checkbox in a name column cell. In addition, the user may edit the amount of total work for an assignment by selecting the total work cell corresponding to the assignment and entering a total work value.
27 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets