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Presenting Messages on an Object that is Not Currently Being Worked on

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110276D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 241K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for presenting messages to a user in an unobtrusive fashion is disclosed. The appropriate message symbol is added to the affected object's icon, and the message window is surfaced only when the appropriate window on an affected object is made active.

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Presenting Messages on an Object that is Not Currently Being Worked on

       A method for presenting messages to a user in an
unobtrusive fashion is disclosed.  The appropriate message symbol is
added to the affected object's icon, and the message window is
surfaced only when the appropriate window on an affected object is
made active.

      In a graphical user interface environment, messages provide a
way for the operating environment to inform a user that an unexpected
condition has occurred.  It is important for a user to know that the
unexpected condition has occurred; however, the message should not
interrupt what a user is currently doing.  By interrupting what a
user is doing, the operating environment breaks the user's train of
thought and forces the user to stop what the user is working on to
solve the problem that the environment perceives to be important.

      For example, if the printer is out of paper, or the printer is
not turned on, a message would be generated to alert a user
requesting the use of the printer of this condition.  The objects
affected by this message are the objects from where the request
originated, and the printer to which the print request was sent.  If
a user is still working on the original object, or opens a window on
the affected printer, this message can be displayed near where a user
is working, without becoming the active window.

      However, before the unexpected condition has occurred or has
been detect...