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Method to tie application error message to mouse pointer or user designated portion of screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015575D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to tie application error message to mouse pointer or user designated portion of screen A program is disclosed that ties the display location for a message that requires user action to a screen control element that is related to the current workspace. This could be the mouse pointer, or a user designated portion of the screen that is common to all workspaces within a desktop. If and when a error message or user action is requested, the icon or window "pops" up next to the mouse pointer or designated portion of the workspace regardless of which desktop the user is currently residing in (relative to the actual desktop which requires the attention). At the time of the "pop up", the user is given the options of:

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Method to tie application error message to mouse pointer or user designated

portion of screen

A program is disclosed that ties the display location for a message that requires user action to a screen control element that is related to the current workspace. This could be the mouse pointer, or a user designated portion of the screen that is common to all workspaces within a desktop.

If and when a error message or user action is requested, the icon or window "pops" up next to the mouse pointer or designated portion of the workspace regardless of which desktop the user is currently residing in (relative to the actual desktop which requires the attention). At the time of the "pop up", the user is given the options of:

a) answering the pop-up and going back to what they were doing
b) moving their mouse pointer to the box or area of warning/need and when the mouse pointer touches the box, the user's desktop is changed to the same common desktop as the asking program's desktop
c) transporting via desktops or, in the case where the application is in the same desktop that the user is in currently, bringing the needy application to "top focus" (getting in front of all the other windows open on the desktop)

Options (b) and (c) give the user the opportunity to assess the situation before clicking a "continue" or a "yes" or "abort" option most often provided by a response box.

If a message is tied to a screen control of the current workspace or a screen control element common t...