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Icon Display and Signaling Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107252D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appelman, BE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a multitasking environment, a completed or ongoing task may call for user action while the user is engaged in a different task. Disclosed is a procedure for signalling the user that an action is requested, and facilitating user response by placing one or more icons (to be used for response) in proximity to the current position of the cursor corresponding to the response device (e.g., a mouse).

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Icon Display and Signaling Method

      In a multitasking environment, a completed or ongoing task may
call for user action while the user is engaged in a different task.
Disclosed is a procedure for signalling the user that an action is
requested, and facilitating user response by placing one or more
icons (to be used for response) in proximity to the current position
of the cursor corresponding to the response device (e.g., a mouse).

      The procedure consists of the following steps:
1.   A task (denoted "task A") determines that an interrupt message
is to be generated.
2.   Icon(s) associated with task A are selected and assembled for
display.
3.   A display position is determined based upon: (i) the size of the
required icon display region (from step 2); (ii) the current position
of the cursor (for the device to be used in the response); and (iii)
the display boundaries and other constraints.  In a preferred
embodiment, the icon display region is located proximate to, or
underlying, the current cursor position.
4.   Task A determines whether the set of icons is to be displayed
with emphasis for attention (e.g., emboldened or flashing); and if
so, whether such emphasis is to be continued until a user response
turns it off, or alternatively whether the emphasis is to be
discontinued after a specified time has elapsed, or after a number of
user actions has occurred.  In addition, after a specified time or
number of user actions, the icon display region...