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User Interface Technique for Selecting Multiple Interface Themes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111787D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 118K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haddon, MA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system interface design approach for user selection of an interface theme. This design allows the user to select one from multiple "interface theme" choices. The predefined user interface themes consist of a series of icons and full screen bit-mapped graphics loaded into the user interface shell at run-time. The "interface theme" can be changed as frequently as the user desires while maintaining consistent navigation. This design approach maximizes usability while also engaging the user.

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User Interface Technique for Selecting Multiple Interface Themes

      Disclosed is a system interface design approach for user
selection of an interface theme.  This design allows the user to
select one from multiple "interface theme" choices.  The predefined
user interface themes consist of a series of icons and full screen
bit-mapped graphics  loaded into the user interface shell at
run-time.  The "interface theme" can be changed as frequently as the
user desires while maintaining consistent navigation.  This design
approach maximizes usability while also engaging the user.

      The current development of low cost multimedia hardware has
identified a new category of users who have little or no computer
experience.  Consequently, the "ease of use" element of design is
paramount to product acceptance by this group.  A problematic side
effect of the "easy to use" interface shell is the user perception
that the  interface is dull and boring.  Multimedia applications are
raising the users level of expectation.  Users expect aesthetically
pleasing and visually rich interaction with maximum usability.

      One solution is to create a standard user interface shell.  The
user interface  shell will be similar to the current DOS shells.  The
shell acts to shield the novice user from the operating system
prompts, difficult to remember EXE file names, cryptic error
messages, etc.  The shell is automatically loaded with the
preselected "interface theme" w...