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Non-verbal Animated Help Screen Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106962D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Crepy, H: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a software facility which provides non-verbal animated multi-media functional help to users of personal computers (PCs). The facility is designed to assist users who may have limited language ability or cognitive impairments by demonstrating procedural steps for completing a function.

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Non-verbal Animated Help Screen Function

       Described is a software facility which provides
non-verbal animated multi-media functional help to users of personal
computers (PCs).  The facility is designed to assist users who may
have limited language ability or cognitive impairments by
demonstrating procedural steps for completing a function.

      The non-verbal animated help screen function software facility
operates in conjunction with an IBM Audio Visual Connection (AVC)
authoring language.  The facility implements a digitized image onto a
PC screen which points to the sequential steps of an operation.  The
sequential steps provide help in demonstrating the proper procedure
for completing an operational task.  The function is contextually
related to the task for which help was requested.

      The function, implemented in the AVC authoring language, is
constructed in three modes, as follows:
      - Need help beginning a response - When a user has difficulty
remembering or initiating a task, the user touches the 'Help' button
on the screen, which stays highlighted throughout the duration of the
help mode.  During the demonstration, the specific task for which
help was requested is initiated.  A digitized photo of a pointing
hand moves around the screen to simulate the touch sequence that
would be required to complete the task successfully.  When the
pointing finger touches the screen, the user's touch indicator is
presented and the usual reinforcement is given.  At the end of the
help mode, the 'Help' button returns to its customary appearance and
the task resumes.
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