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Unobtrusive Application Icon Label Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102202D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A display presentation manager program allows the user to unclutter the display screen by minimizing his applications to icons. The titles of the icons overlap each other. This constraint forces the use to widely separate the icons from each other. The icon minimization is clumsy. This article presents an alternate solution.

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Unobtrusive Application Icon Label Interface

       A display presentation manager program allows the user to
unclutter the display screen by minimizing his applications to icons.
The titles of the icons overlap each other.  This constraint forces
the use to widely separate the icons from each other.  The icon
minimization is clumsy.  This article presents an alternate solution.

      When an application is minimized to an icon, the title is not
shown with the icon.  The user can place icons next to each other
without obstruction, and eliminate screen clutter.  The title is
placed as a heading to the pulldown menu for the Icon (see figure).
When a user "clicks once" on an icon, a pulldown menu is presented.
The proposed solution eliminates the display of needless information.
The user has already learned an association between an icon and its
function, so displaying the title is redundant once the association
has been learned.  This alternate method promotes learned association
of the icon and removes the clumsiness of titles.