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Customizing Application Helps, Tutorials, Error Messages, and Voice and Video Images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110341D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eynon, DR: AUTHOR

Abstract

At present, no mechanism exists to allow users to associate their own words or pictures with information that is displayed to them by an application. This invention provides a mechanism by which a user may create a set of images (text, voice, or video), and provides an outline by which an application may use these images to display a more customized picture of the current state of the application.

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Customizing Application Helps, Tutorials, Error Messages, and Voice and Video Images

       At present, no mechanism exists to allow users to
associate their own words or pictures with information that is
displayed to them by an application.  This invention provides a
mechanism by which a user may create a set of images (text, voice, or
video), and provides an outline by which an application may use these
images to display a more customized picture of the current state of
the application.

      The basic concept is one of having application programs written
with a simple change for any text/voice/video that is displayed to
the user (an image) (see figure).

      The final image may be one of any application informational
messages, help texts, voice or video images, tutorial information,
etc.

      The technique that is being developed currently is one that
implements the concept of quantifying information that is displayed
to a user.  Each distinct image (help pop-up, tutorial section, etc.)
has a tag associated with it.  The application would call a
standardized display routine to present the application's image.  The
display facility would first search the user's image space to check
for a match for that tag.  The application image would then be
changed based on the information found in the user's image.  The
final resulting image would then be displayed to the user.  Adding a
menu pull-down/ function key/ button to a help or tutorial screen to
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