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Method to automatically tie accounting monitors to desktops or individual windows on a computer GUI

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015725D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to automatically tie accounting monitors to desktops or individual windows on a computer GUI

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Method to automatically tie accounting monitors to desktops or individual

windows on a computer GUI

A program is disclosed to tie distinct jobs to the work environment tools so the tools will help the user automatically account for the time spent on certain projects. With the advent of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), this job has become much easier. The first proposal is to tie the accounting of a job to a specific "desktop", such as those in the Cose Desktop Environment (CDE). Each "tab" in the CDE, can be labeled with the specific task in which the user does his/her primary work. For example, suppose an engineer at an aerospace company is working on both defense contracting and commercial jets. He/She would have a CDE desktop labeled "F-XX flight", one labeled "ZZZ-engines", one labeled "Safety checklist" and one labeled "My company's paperwork". When he/she clicks the CDE desktop label, and start typing within any window of that desktop, a counter is started. The time counter only stops when switched to a new CDE desktop or the engineer has stopped typing in that desktop for a user predetermined amount of time (say 5 minutes).

Thus, at the end of the week, or end of the month, this tracking program can then send the engineer and the accounting team a summation of the office hour breakdown. In such tight-measuring tasks as defense contracting, it will measure the engineer's time, down to 15 minute increments.

An extension of this idea is to allow the tracking...