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INDICATOR ICONS COMBINED WITH WRITTEN PROMPTS FOR EASE OF SELECTING OPTIONS FROM AN OPERATION SEQUENCE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007032D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jean Evans: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

As the market demands more and more features (i.e. multiple alarms, automatic turn on and off, auto- matic sleep mode, multiple hequencies, various pleas- ing alerts, the ability to change to other language characters, etc.) to be added to the hmctionality ofa standard pager, the operational sequence menu will become more complicated and cumbersome for end- users to operate.

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 20 October 1993

INDICATOR ICONS COMBINED WITH WRITTEN PROMPTS FOR EASE OF SELECTING OPTIONS FROM AN OPERATION SEQUENCE

by Jean Evans, Sandra Humphrey, Rob Sapashe, Joan DeLuca and Chris Reitz

As the market demands more and more features
(i.e. multiple alarms, automatic turn on and off, auto- matic sleep mode, multiple hequencies, various pleas- ing alerts, the ability to change to other language characters, etc.) to be added to the hmctionality ofa standard pager, the operational sequence menu will become more complicated and cumbersome for end- users to operate.

  One solution to provide a user friendly menu is to use indicator icons combined with written prompts displayed using a 2-line display. The top line will consist of a row of icons that represent option choices. Through the use of arrow keys, the user can move let? to right through the icon options. As the cursor falls on the current icon it will flash, indicating that

it can be selected by pressing a select key. As the user moves through the icon options, the second line of the display will display a written description ofthe option.

  Using the row of icon indicators allows a user to preview his choices of options on a single screen. Since icons are not always easily remembered, there is an advantage by combining it with a descriptive second line.

  The following is a sample main menu for a pager to be sold in Japan which offers both English and Japanese charac...