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Simultaneous Display of and Interaction with Logical and Physical Views of Essential Hard Disk Storage Resource

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013894D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robert Kamper: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Simultaneous Display of and Interaction with Logical and Physical Views of Essential Hard Disk Storage Resource

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Simultaneous Display of and Interaction with Logical and Physical

Views of Essential Hard Disk Storage Resource

Disclosed is a method to display information within a GUI interface to a disk
management software utility. The overall problem is that displaying
information about the hard disk storage resources on a computer system is
difficult to show in one, easy to read view.

      The advantage of this invention is that the user does not have to toggle
between different views or settings in order to gain a comprehensive view of
the essential data involved in making decisions regarding hard disk storage
management, thereby enhancing ease of use and efficiency.

      The invention solves the problem by breaking down the problem into
components and then displaying the information in the modes that are most
appropriate to conveying that information so that it is easy to read and use.
Within a visual channel of communication, the invention employs visual icons,
visual symbols (text), and visual metaphors as modes of communication to
deliver the information to the user.

      For certain types of information, a combination of iconic and symbolic
modes are used -- a combined "physical" and "logical" view of the information,
so that the user is provided with a comprehensive and accurate representation
of all the pertinent information available. Although this is implemented in
IBM Warp Server for e-business* with the physical view above the logical view,
variations such as reversed top-bottom order and sid...