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Technique for Display of Message Numbers in Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108482D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Software service personnel often rely on some form of unique identification in computer-generated messages. Prefixing the message text with a message number is a typical solution. Each number is unique to a message. Use of the message text alone is inadequate and can lead to confusion because many messages may contain similar wording. The use of numbers also ensures unique identification regardless of translation into other languages.

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Technique for Display of Message Numbers in Graphical User Interfaces

       Software service personnel often rely on some form of
unique identification in computer-generated messages.  Prefixing the
message text with a message number is a typical solution.  Each
number is unique to a message.    Use of the message text alone is
inadequate and can lead to confusion because many messages may
contain similar wording.  The use of numbers also ensures unique
identification regardless of translation into other languages.

      The benefits of graphical user interface design have become
widely known and have been emphasized over the past several years.
One of the tenets of most recognized interface design philosophies is
the simplification of information presentation and hiding of
irrelevant information.  Message numbers are irrelevant to most
users.  The numbers are obtrusive and detract from the presentation
of the text explaining the situation.  The message text is the most
relevant portion of the message for users.

      Users and service personnel can both be accommodated by using
message numbers made subtle in appearance and located in
non-obtrusive positions within the message.  Designers can create
more subtle message numbers by:
      using a font point size smaller than that of the message text
      using gray shades or colors different from and more subtle than
the gray shades or colors used for the message text, and
      by lo...