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Visible Sign of Error Notice with Graphics and/or Color

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038036D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasiraj, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method to enable an end user to readily distinguish the severity of an error reported by an application program.

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Visible Sign of Error Notice with Graphics and/or Color

This article describes a method to enable an end user to readily distinguish the severity of an error reported by an application program.

Where a user is at a work station and requesting functions of an underlying application, the user may be not be able to readily determine whether the request completed, and if so whether it completed normally or with exception status. Typically, exceptions are reported with application specific message text or with message numbers that would require the user to look into a manual before the severity or cause of the exception could be understood. The completion status and severity of exceptions are of primary interest to an end user, however, these simple indicators are not often evident from a foreign message number or lengthy message text.

By contrast, the end user could be alerted to the completion status of a given request by means of a graphical icon with color indication of his or her own definition that would allow the user to readily discern the request completion status. The user may only be secondarily interested in the associated message numbers or reason codes if the graphical status indicator denoted that a serious exception had been detected. The end user would not then need to interrupt his or her work and wade through manuals or help facilties only to find that the message number indicated a normal or otherwise acceptable condition.

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