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End-User Definable Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103233D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chapman, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an interface to allow end users to dynamically replace application icons. Current Implementation:

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End-User Definable Icons

      Disclosed is an interface to allow end users to dynamically
replace application icons. Current Implementation:

      In an icon-implemented environment, icons provide the gateway
to the application.  The end user must identify each application by
the icon provided with the application software.  These icons are
imbedded within the executable code and, therefore, the end user
cannot replace the icon's image with a more desirable one. Problems:

      With the continuous expansion of end user groups, it is nearly
impossible to define an icon that clearly represents an application
for all user groups, from executive to development levels.  The
current implementation assumes all users have the same perception of
the application, i.e., the icon provided.  With most users this is
not the case. Executive users may use the product for a totally
different reason from that of the development users, and therefore,
their perception of the application may be much different. Because of
this, the icon representation is not clear to both users. Solution:

      Each application must provide an interface through which the
end user can easily replace the application's icon with one that
provides a positive representation of the application.  A centralized
panel through which the user selects an icon has proven successful.
These could be vendor-provided icons or, at best, user-defined icons
so as to best represent the user's view of the app...