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Successful Task Completion Indicator/Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111055D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A technique is disclosed that presents successful task completion status to the user that does not intrude on the user's task space, does not require any action to remove, and does not contain any text that must be read.

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Successful Task Completion Indicator/Icon

      A technique is disclosed that presents successful task
completion status to the user that does not intrude on the user's
task space, does not require any action to remove, and does not
contain any text that must be read.

      The technique involves the implementation of a "success icon"
that is placed non-intrusively in the application workspace, such as
a mini-icon on the action bar or as part of the title bar, or next to
the minimize/maximize icons.  The icon represents the notion of
success, such as a "thumbs up" symbol and would appear grayed when
inactive.  When the user completes a task that would normally
generate a confirmation message, such as "Item has been sent," the
icon would change to a bright color and appear to have "turned on."
The icon remains on for a few seconds and then automatically turns
off.  As a result, the user receives confirmation of the successful
completion, but does not have to read a message or take any action to
remove it.

      Extensions to this technique could be used in software
applications for hearing-impaired users as well.  In situations where
a minor error beep is delivered rather than a message (such as
clicking on an invalid icon), the success icon could change to a
different color (such as red) to indicate this minor error condition.