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Temporary Mail Basket Icon Manager Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105075D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the advent of graphical desktops, graphical applications often present users with an overwhelming number of objects on their desktops. Desktops are often cluttered with objects that are not necessary. A more specific problem is the situation of a user who manages more than one electronic mailbox. Often, this situation exists for secretaries or a user who has multiple users ids, i.e., a user who exists on multiple networks. These desktops can contain a plurality of iconic mailbox objects representing differing mail users. Often, the mail box will contain no entries within the inbasket, or no NEW mail items. Yet these objects iconic representations can take up a considerable amount of space on a desktop.

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Temporary Mail Basket Icon Manager Mechanism

      With the advent of graphical desktops, graphical applications
often present users with an overwhelming number of objects on their
desktops.  Desktops are often cluttered with objects that are not
necessary.  A more specific problem is the situation of a user who
manages more than one electronic mailbox.  Often, this situation
exists for secretaries or a user who has multiple users ids, i.e., a
user who exists on multiple networks.  These desktops can contain a
plurality of iconic mailbox objects representing differing mail
users.  Often, the mail box will contain no entries within the
inbasket, or no NEW mail items.  Yet these objects iconic
representations can take up a considerable amount of space on a
desktop.  A user who is managing multiple mailboxes can be constantly
modifying an inbasket entries, it becomes difficult for a user to
determine the significance of a singular mail box.  Significance for
the user is often based on the status state of the inbasket, e.g.,
does the inbasket contain any NEW items.  For example, if a user has
deleted the last entry remaining within their inbasket, then they
desire to have the mailbox icon automatically removed from their
desktop or automatically minimized.  This is particularly useful when
a single user is managing multiple mail boxes.  It is desirable to
provide mechanism by which a mail box's inbasket state can
automatically remove it's iconic representation.  It is desirable to
allow the inbasket states and attributes to determine it's iconic
position within a desktop environment.

      This article addresses a method and apparatus for controlling
iconic mailbox representations on a desktop.  More specifically, it
allows a user to control presentation of mail objects based on user
criterion in relation to the attributes of inbasket items.  A
Registration service allows the user to define a state for which the
mailbox icon can be considered empty.  This allows the user to define
a criteria for which the user may consider the mailbox as empty.  For
example, a user may wish to consider the mailbox as empty if no items
from her manager are within her inbasket.  A user may consider the
mailbox empty if no items are present within the inbasket.  In
addition, the service allows the user to specify types of
notifications that should be made upon re...