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The Jack Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109954D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appino, PA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article discloses a jack icon which provides a compact representation of multi-dimensional data in a two or three-dimensional space. A jack icon consists of from 1 to 6 arms (see figure). If the center of the jack is the origin of a coordinate system, each arm is aligned along one of the axes (+x,-x,+y,-y,+z,-z). A jack arm is represented by a graphic object with associated attributes.

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The Jack Icon

      This article discloses a jack icon which provides a compact
representation of multi-dimensional data in a two or
three-dimensional space.  A jack icon consists of from 1 to 6 arms
(see figure).  If the center of the jack is the origin of a
coordinate system, each arm is aligned along one of the axes
(+x,-x,+y,-y,+z,-z).  A jack arm is represented by a graphic object
with associated attributes.

      A user maps data values onto the attributes of each arm of the
jack, thereby creating a compact representation of a
higherdimensional data space.  The mapping is under user control and
is extremely flexible.  Redundant mappings are allowed.  For example,
one data value can be mapped to the length of all the jack arms.  The
user controls the number of arms and attributes to be used in the
mapping.  Jacks with fewer than 5 arms can be displayed as
two-dimensional icons while jacks with 5 or 6 arms can be displayed
as three-dimensional icons.

      The jack icon can be easily implemented with a standard
graphics library.  One embodiment of a jack is the line-jack where
each arm is represented by a line segment with attributes of color
and length.  A line-jack with 6 arms has 12 attributes.  In addition,
a line-jack has a position in three-space (x,y,z) and an orientation
(azimuth, elevation, roll) increasing the number of attributes for a
line-jack to 18.

      There are many embodiments of jacks depending on the graphical
object re...