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A method for displaying icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015266D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for displaying many icons at one time. Many icons can be seen by piling them up, like showing playing cards in limited area. And the piled and hidden icons can be seen by pulling them in a desired direction. So a user can distinguish lots of information in a small area and select one of the icons that the user needs. For example, there are five icons. The color shows the status. White (first column: 1&4) is normal, yellow (second column: 2&5) is warning, and red (third column: 3) is error. Fig. 1 shows the conventional way of arranging icons. This way needs large area. white yellow red

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A method for displaying icons

Disclosed is a method for displaying many icons at one time. Many icons can be seen by piling them up, like showing playing cards in limited area. And the piled and hidden icons can be seen by pulling them in a desired direction. So a user can distinguish lots of information in a small area and select one of the icons that the user needs.

For example, there are five icons. The color shows the status. White (first column: 1&4) is normal, yellow (second column: 2&5) is warning, and red (third column: 3) is error.

Fig. 1 shows the conventional way of arranging icons. This way needs large area.

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Fig. 1 conventional way of arranging icons

Fig. 2 shows the initial state. Five icons are piled up in small area.

Fig. 2 initial state

A user can pulls the icons as much as he or she can recognize. Fig. 3 is an example. This is enough to distinguish the status of each icon.

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