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Self-Disclosing System Entities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103211D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cavendish, CJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for self-disclosure of functionality via object-oriented and graphical techniques in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional systems.

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Self-Disclosing System Entities

      Provided is a technique for self-disclosure of functionality
via object-oriented and graphical techniques in order to overcome
deficiencies with conventional systems.

      The concept of "Entity Self-Disclosure" is provided in order to
overcome learning problems of conceptual and operational use of the
system.  The basic technique is: the user selects an entity for
Self-Disclosure; the user then selects the "Disclose" action; the
system displays a graphic representation of the User's Model for the
entity.  Each visual component of the graphic is interactive.  Each
entity represented is selectable to gain additional information.
Objects and relationships are explained.  Although conventional
techniques can be used, the visual approach is more efficient for
conveying conceptual, structural, and relationship information,
especially if done in an object-oriented manner.  If the conceptual
level of information is not necessary, then the user can interact
with the conventional help system, e.g., contextual help.

      The benefits to the end user include new functionality and
online help, improved learning of functionality, and improved
usability and productivity.

      Disclosed anonymously.