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Smart Icons for Address Book Detailed View Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110565D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 250K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, G: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The environment is a graphical user interface (GUI) with a mouse input device, and an office environment with address book (AB), mail, and phone interfaces online.

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Smart Icons for Address Book Detailed View Entries

       The environment is a graphical user interface (GUI) with
a mouse input device, and an office environment with address book
(AB), mail, and phone interfaces online.

      Fig. 1 presents an example of a detailed view into an address
book.  This article describes a method of associating small icons
with telephone numbers and electronic mail addresses directly in AB
entries (see Fig. 2).

      By double-clicking on the phone or address icon with the mouse
selection button, the proper application will be either surfaced or
opened, preset accordingly.  For example, the phone action would
cause the electronic phone application to start dialing the number
next to the icon.  Similarly, the default notes editor would open
with the entry's name and e-mail (electronic mail) address pre-filled
on the envelope.

      Telephone calls (e.g., conference calls) and notes to multiple
people could be accomplished using this technique as well.  The user
would first select all entries needed from the address book.  Opening
a phone or address icon would cause all selected entries to be
included in the appropriate resultant action.  Alternatively, the
user could accomplish the same result by opening the same icons
associated with a distribution list of people.

      Another enhancement possible with this idea would be feedback
to the user when an AB entry has left phone or electronic mail for
the user.  When...