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Display Status for Graphics Development System Via Visual Cues

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099475D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for visually providing information concerning the status of a component within a on-line graphical development system.

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Display Status for Graphics Development System Via Visual Cues

       This article describes a method for visually providing
information concerning the status of a component within a on-line
graphical development system.

      Status information of projects that are being developed on an
interactive system using a graphical representation of the components
has previously been available only through separate systems.  It has
been prone to being out of synchronization and out of date.  Also, it
does not provide the overall status of a project.  With this
invention, the overall status of projects that are being developed on
an interactive system using a graphical representation of the
components are readily seen.  With just a quick glance, the status
within a phase of development of each component within a system is
readily determined.  The developer gains information about the
components by just observing the visual convention.  Therefore, the
user does not have to leave the graphic display within the
development system.

      A graphical icon representing a project component typically
contains only the name of the component.  Here the icons are modified
to indicate their status within a phase of development.  The various
status values and phases supported as well as the combinations of the
two will vary based on what the components represent and the nature
of the project.  Typical phases for a program development project
include:
    -   design
    -   code
    -   test
    The various phases of development can be represented by the shape
and/or color of the icon. Whatever convention is used can be called a
style.  The status is represented by stripes.  A scheme tailored to
the project's needs can be developed to accommodate the combination
of status and phase that apply to the project.  A sample scheme
follows:
********************************************************************
Design Phase
    Status                           Stripes      Style
  ...