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Age- and Gender-Based OS and Application Configuration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019841D
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 534K

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for configuring PC applications and OS elements using templates designed for target users based on age and gender. Benefits include a more customized and useful user experience.

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Age- and Gender-Based OS and Application Configuration

Disclosed is a method for configuring PC applications and OS elements using templates designed for target users based on age and gender. Benefits include a more customized and useful user experience.

Background

Current solutions do not provide a user-specific install that addresses the different preferences that exist between men, women, adolescents, and children.

General Description

The disclosed method contains a reference repository with install resources for various applications and OS components (see Figure 1); this repository is accessed on an install command from a system administrator. In addition, the install process uses a proto-typical user table, where age, gender, and lifestyle attributes are linked to applications and sophistication parameters. When the installing administrator defines the target user by age, gender, and lifestyle, the proto-user table maps applications for install. Help levels and configuration sophistication are also determined based on the matrix of answers provided about the target user during install. Also, an option exists to allow for users to “grow” into their specific interests. This can take the form of “gray” options that the user can install; these options are identified as “areas of potential interest” as defined by the boundaries of the target user’s install profile. The user then has the option of installing these “gray” options as they go forward in their P...