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Dynamic Title Bar Update for New Mail Notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109993D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grawron, T: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

When electronic mail is sent to a recipient the recipient must be informed of the presence of the new mail item. Traditionally, in most systems, when the user has his mail open and is acting upon the mail, if new mail arrives during this process, the user has no way of knowing that the new mail has arrived. If the in-basket application is active, the user needs to be informed that he should refresh the content of the list in order for the new mail to be displayed.

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Dynamic Title Bar Update for New Mail Notification

       When electronic mail is sent to a recipient the recipient
must be informed of the presence of the new mail item.
Traditionally, in most systems, when the user has his mail open and
is acting upon the mail, if new mail arrives during this process, the
user has no way of knowing that the new mail has arrived.  If the
in-basket application is active, the user needs to be informed that
he should refresh the content of the list in order for the new mail
to be displayed.

      This user notification is accomplished by changing the title
bar of the in-basket window to indicate "(New Mail)".

      In Fig. 1, the normal Mail In-basket window appearance is
shown.  The normal In-basket window has only the application name
present in the titled bar.

      In Fig. 2, the Mail In-basket window is shown when the new mail
is available.  The in-basket title bar is updated to indicate the
fact that new mail is present.

      Thus, the user has visual feedback that new mail has arrived
without interrupting him from his current task.  In addition, the
title bar is dynamically updated to reflect the words "new mail" so
that after the flashing indication is over, the user will continually
be reminded that he has new mail to be acted upon and can refresh his
mail basket to see the new items at the user's convenience.