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Technique to Use Static Icons And Represent a Dynamic State Of the Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100653D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to use a set of static icons in a single application to present the appearance that the application icon changes based on the state of the application. When the application user focus is changed, the corresponding icon is used in sequence to represent the change in the orientation of the application in a static icon graphical user interface. These changes in focus are associated with changes in the primary window in the user interface.

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Technique to Use Static Icons And Represent a Dynamic State Of the Application

       Disclosed is a technique to use a set of static icons in
a single application to present the appearance that the application
icon changes based on the state of the application.  When the
application user focus is changed, the corresponding icon is used in
sequence to represent the change in the orientation of the
application in a static icon graphical user interface.  These changes
in focus are associated with changes in the primary window in the
user interface.

      Applications require a change in focus as the user manipulates
the information available to complete the task. This change in focus
may be object or task related. The change is dynamic with the use of
the application, and dependent on the sequence selected by the user.
When the application is minimized to an icon, the user still requires
the icon to represent the current focus of that application. If the
application does not have dynamic icons available, static icons must
be used to reflect the current focus.

      The application designer will develop an icon model to
represent the common focus while reserving space to represent the
dynamic nature of the application.  That space is altered in a series
of icons corresponding with the various states available.  The
programmer can then use the window title changes during the
user/system dialog as a trigger to associate a specific icon with the
current state....