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Showing How Up-To-Date Information is for an Object, Without its Involvement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111107D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

Presented is a method for showing, in a graphical manner, how up to date the window information that is currently displayed to the user. The disclosed method is presented to a user at any time, without the necessity to go through a set of menus or page settings; it is automatic.

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Showing How Up-To-Date Information is for an Object, Without its
Involvement

      Presented is a method for showing, in a graphical manner, how
up to date the window information that is currently displayed to the
user.  The disclosed method is presented to a user at any time,
without the necessity to go through a set of menus or page settings;
it is automatic.

      This method proposes that the color and/or texture of the
window's border reflect the currentness of the data in the window.

The color and/or texture will traverse a range of settings, that will
tell a user not only if the data is up to date, or, if it is out of
date, how many changes have been made that are not shown.

      This can easily be accomplished by monitoring update messages
sent to the window, and, if not passed to the window to facilitate
the method to update the window border's indication.

      This can easily be used to show icecicles, for example, when
the information is very out of date, or red hot embers when the data
is as up to date as it can get.