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Mail-Waiting Icon for Pc-Based Office System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037091D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brewer, SC: AUTHOR

Abstract

The purpose of this disclosure is to describe a dynamic icon which can be used in an icon-based office system to notify a user of the type, number and arrival of new mail to his or her electronic "mail box".

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Mail-Waiting Icon for Pc-Based Office System

The purpose of this disclosure is to describe a dynamic icon which can be used in an icon-based office system to notify a user of the type, number and arrival of new mail to his or her electronic "mail box".

In keeping with the philosophy that icons should be obvious to the user, simple to understand and easy to work with, the icon selected is based on the appearance of a residential mailbox, with a "mail delivered" flag. When the user does not have any mail in the box, the flag will be down, as is shown in Fig. 1.

When the user receives mail, the flag on the box will be shown in the raised position, and the door of the mailbox will be shown open. An envelope will appear in the box, as shown in Fig. 2. As additional mail is received, additional envelopes are shown, until a predetermined number is reached (say, four or five). Any additional mail received beyond the first four of five will be indicated with a number near the bottom of the mail box (Fig. 3).

If the user wishes to check the contents of the box, the key sequence designated for "open" is used. When the user opens the mailbox, an expanded view of the door and its stack of letters is displayed (Fig. 4). The most recently received item will be "on the top of the stack", and some level of detail will be immediately visible. A single line of information will be visible for each additional item, perhaps including the name of the person who sent it, the date and ti...