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Multiple Characteristic Progress Indicator for Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110812D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Progress indicators, while better than a "please wait" message, do not convey the most important aspect of the installation to the user -- "How long will it take?" Current progress indicators inform the user of the percent complete, but the progression is far form orderly, thus making it impossible for users to predict the duration of the installation.

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Multiple Characteristic Progress Indicator for Installation

      Progress indicators, while better than a "please wait" message,
do not convey the most important aspect of the installation to the
user -- "How long will it take?"  Current progress indicators inform
the user of the percent complete, but the progression is far form
orderly, thus making it impossible for users to predict the duration
of the installation.

      A technique is provided that will allow users to know how long
a particular disk will take to install.  This information can be
useful to users during a long installation process.  Because of
system variation, the method involves making an estimation of the
time based on interaction with the user's system.  A simple formula
can provide a reasonably accurate time estimate based on the duration
of the sample interaction.  The installation routine would unpack and
write a sample file while while monitoring the system clock.  The
information could then be used to estimate the amount of time each
disk would take to install.  The same information would provide a
good estimate of the total time for the installation.

      In addition, other information useful to users can be provided,
specifically, number of bytes copied and number of files copied.  The
Figure illustrates one way to display this information.  The vertical
bars change as progress is made, and the time remaining is
dynamically updated.