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Intelligent Icon Arrangement Process for the Desktop Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111793D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dawson, FR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technical method for efficiently and intelligently managing or arranging the organization of icons and symbols on the desktop.

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Intelligent Icon Arrangement Process for the Desktop Environment

      This article describes a technical method for efficiently and
intelligently managing or arranging the organization of icons and
symbols on the desktop.

      Information overload from the presentation of numerous symbolic
devices is an on-going problem for many products in the information
age.  This problem has been dealt with in other types of
human-machine interfaces.  Flight platform design has integrated
cognitive constructs into the layout of dials and displays to better
present important flight command, control and communication data to
the pilot.  Industrial process plants have made use of activity
frequency and sub-process priority schemes to design the control
panel layout of plant control rooms.

      The end-user of the computer-based, GUI environment is being
presented with an increasing number of symbolic devices and amount
information.  At present, no GUI provides an intelligent method for
managing and arranging the organization of the icons and symbols used
on the desktop.

      Desktops should allow an end-user to select a default method to
be used for arranging icons and other symbolic devices on the
desktop.  In particular, these systems need to provide the process
for:

o   Selecting the Arrangement Selection

o   Selecting the Arrangement Topology

      The "arrangement selection" is the method used to arrange
individual icons and other symbolic devices for re-grouping on the
desktop.  The "arrangement selection" provides an enumeration of
possible choices.  Some of these could include:

o   Frequency Selection:  Frequency of use of the icon or symbolic
    device.  For example, most frequently used might be selected over
    lesser frequently used.  This selection would vary with time of
    usage.  It would reflect a desktop that changes with the flow and
    frequency of office work.

o   Priority Selection:  Priority or importance of the application,
    program or data associated with the icon or symbolic device.  For
    example, the icon for an electronic mail in-basket might be the
    primary focus for an individual's work.  Hence, it would be
    selected before other desktop tools.  The priority arrangement
    selection would allow for setting of the priority coefficient for
    each installed desktop icon or symbolic device.  This selection
    would...