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Audio Contextual Containment Object Identifier Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111318D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior methods discuss a plurality of means for associating sounds to icons. The prior methods allow for invocation of a single icon to convey audio tone. However, the prior methods have failed to address a container object which contains multiple audio icons. Users often desire to hear all or a subset of the icons within a container, especially when the container is within a closed mode. A mechanism is desired whereby users can identify audible patterns for sets of objects within a container, regardless of the access state of the container.

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Audio Contextual Containment Object Identifier Mechanism

      Prior methods discuss a plurality of means for associating
sounds to icons.  The prior methods allow for invocation of a single
icon to convey audio tone.  However, the prior methods have failed to
address a container object which contains multiple audio icons.
Users often desire to hear all or a subset of the icons within a
container, especially when the container is within a closed mode.  A
mechanism is desired whereby users can identify audible patterns for
sets of objects within a container, regardless of the access state of
the container.

      Provided is a mechanism whereby audible icons are registered
automatically with an Audible Containment Recognition Set Service.
This service allows a process to associate all audible properties of
a set of icons to a container.  More specifically, additional
properties associated with icons are correlated to the specified
audio tones, preferably, unique tones for differing icons.  Upon
activation of this service, icons within a container are sequentially
activated, i.e., their associated sounds are activated.  For example,
a user moving his/her mouse cursor over a closed container icon will
hear the sounds of the icons with in the container, thus providing a
method of conveyance without actually opening the container.  As
previously stated, other properties of the icon can be associated
with the mechanism.  This allows the user to hear sets of object...