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Staggered Icon View: Providing a Continuous Time Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111597D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is disclosed for presenting icons in a container, positioning those icons relative to each other against some common criteria. The spatial presentation amongst the various icons visually indicates their difference relative to the other contained objects along that given criteria.

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Staggered Icon View:  Providing a Continuous Time Line

      A method is disclosed for presenting icons in a container,
positioning those icons relative to each other against some common
criteria.  The spatial presentation amongst the various icons
visually indicates their difference relative to the other contained
objects along that given criteria.

      Suppose a user has a standard folder container, and that the
container contains 6 objects:

o   Document

          Last accessed date: 7/19 9am

o   Mail Folder

          Last accessed date: 7/20 9am

o   Spreadsheet

          Last accessed date: 7/1 9am

o   E-mail note

          Last accessed date: 7/18 9am

o   Distribution list

          Last accessed date: 6/1 9am

o   Yearly inventory presentation

          Last accessed date: 1/1 9am

      The algorithm will calculate the order of the events as they
are to be presented.  The order will be based on last accessed date
(most recent first), and the ordering is as follows:

o   Mail Folder

o   Document

o   E-mail note

o   Spreadsheet

o   Distribution list

o   Yearly inventory presentation

      The algorithm will then calculate the differences between
these, and propose a "unit" to present the differences by.

o   Mail Folder

          Difference to next object: 1 day

o   Document

          Difference to next object: 1 day

o   E-mail note

          Difference to next object: 17 days

o   Spreadsheet

          Difference to next object: 30 days

o   Distribution list

          Difference to next object: 151 days

o   Yearly inventory presentation

      The calculated minimum unit of distance is 1 day, and so the
spacing between objects will be...