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Icon Rain Gauge

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104273D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for displaying how much of an object is shown when using its icon or window. This technique provides information to the user as to how much of the object will be shown if a window is opened on it, or how much information has been filtered out of a current view. This technique is most valuable in environments in which an object contains a large amount of data, resulting in a need to reduce the amount initially shown using some criteria.

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Icon Rain Gauge

      Disclosed is a method for displaying how much of an object is
shown when using its icon or window.  This technique provides
information to the user as to how much of the object will be shown if
a window is opened on it, or how much information has been filtered
out of a current view.  This technique is most valuable in
environments in which an object contains a large amount of data,
resulting in a need to reduce the amount initially shown using some
criteria.

      There are many ways in which the contents of an object can be
partially shown, in order to shorten the time needed to open the
object, or reduce the amount of communication with an external
storage mechanism.  Most graphical user environments do not present
any cue to a user as to what portion or percentage of an object would
be presented.  This leads to user confusion, as the user is unsure as
to whether the entire contents of an object are shown in the window,
or just a portion of those contents.  This invention proposed to
attach a visual cue to the object's presentation (such as its icon or
window), by which a user can clearly tell what percentage of the
object is being presented.

      Using this mechanism, a user will know before the object is
opened, as well as once it is opened, if the existing properties of
the object have restricted what percentage of its contents will be
shown.  This mechanism is presented as an augmentation to all
presentations of that object,...