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On-Screen Bookshelf for Pc Office Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036936D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brewer, SC: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article addresses a solution to the problem of users needing to store unlike information in an electronic office environment. The suggested solution is to provide a "notebook" icon which can be collectively stored and accessed via a "bookshelf" on the main screen.

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On-Screen Bookshelf for Pc Office Systems

This article addresses a solution to the problem of users needing to store unlike information in an electronic office environment. The suggested solution is to provide a "notebook" icon which can be collectively stored and accessed via a "bookshelf" on the main screen.

The initial icon viewed by the user is that of a bookshelf (Fig. 1). When selected and opened, the icon presents the user with the "spines" of the books he or she has stored on the shelf (Fig. 2).

Once the user has selected a particular notebook, an index to the categories of information stored in it is displayed (Fig. 3). The user selects the category (say, Memos) and views a list of memos stored in the notebook. He or she then selects the memo to use, and continues working.

These notebooks could be personal address/phone number registers, the system directory, tutorials or on-line help references, dictionaries, thesauruses, applications (such as a checkbook, an accounting

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journal, or personal note log), or individual project notebooks. Project notebooks would serve as the electronic equivalent of loose- leaf binders, and could hold meeting notices, phone lists, calendar entries, project schedules, documents, memos and anything else the user needs to collect in one place.

The notebooks would include a facility for the index page mentioned previously, and would be able to add, delete or modify the contents, share them with other users, copy...