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ICONS INDICATING RECENT ACCESS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027827D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Document File: 4 page(s) / 141K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is an enhancement to desktop and user interface metaphors connected to electrophotographic printers that provides annotation or highlighting of recently touched icons thereby aiding the user in locating such icons on a cluttered monitor screen.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ICONS INDICATING RECENT ACCESS

Proposed Classification Charles D. Braswell U. S. C1. 3991081

Int. C1. G03g 15/00

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7 J2

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  X SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

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 CUSTOMER Y SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 CUSTOMER Z SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

                  PRODUCT Y SYSTEM COST OUTLINE SERVICE COST ANALYSIS

Disclosed is an enhancement to desktop and user interface metaphors connected to electrophotographic printers that provides annotation or highlighting of recently touched icons thereby aiding the user in locating such icons on a cluttered monitor screen.

Metaphors describe workstation or a user interface monitor using icons to represent documents, folders, file servers, and the like. On a monitor screen, there will be a plurality of displayed icons. Some of the objects represented by these icons have been recently accessed while others may not have been accessed in a long time. Generally, a

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CORRALLING OF DESKTOP ICONS (Cont'd)

Disclosed is an enhancement to desktop and user interface metaphors connected to electrophotographic printers that provide annotation or highlighting of groups of icons to provide relational organization.

Related ICONS may be corralled into a single entity by providing a simple line drawing facility allowing the user to draw a line around a set of related ICONS. Additionally, a label may be added to the corralled ICONS identifying their common relationship. The corral may be considered a folder-type, with its contents always visible. The corral has no internal function in terms of the desktop or user interface access to the ICONS. Instead, it is just a lined box on the screen.

As shown in the accompanying figure, screen display 10 illustrates three related documents 16 and a folder 18 corralled together in a box 12 having a label 30 attached thereon. In a similar manner, three related documents 20 and a folder 22 are corralled into a box 14 having a label 32.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

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ICONS INDICATING RECENT ACCESS Proposed Classification Charles D. Braswell U. S. C1. 3991081

Int. C1. G03g 15/00

J"

12

 CUSTOMER X SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 CUSTOMER Y SYSTEM REQUl REMENTS

 CUSTOMER Z SYSTEM REQUl REMENTS

                  PRODUCT Y SYSTEM COST OUTLINE SERVICE COST A...