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Audio Notification Mechanism for Window Minimization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111872D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, NM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In the typical graphical user interface environment, when the user minimizes a window by clicking the minimize icon, there is no way for the user to know in advance where, on the underlying desktop, the minimized icon will be located. Graphical user interfaces often allow users to minimize a window by clicking the minimize button. After minimization, the user will eventually want to reopen the window to continue working. Unfortunately, the user is required to search through the confusing desktop for the minimized icon. This leads to frustration and wasted time with the interface.

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Audio Notification Mechanism for Window Minimization

      In the typical graphical user interface environment, when the
user minimizes a window by clicking the minimize icon, there is no
way for the user to know in advance where, on the underlying desktop,
the minimized icon will be located.  Graphical user interfaces often
allow users to minimize a window by clicking the minimize button.
After minimization, the user will eventually want to reopen the
window to continue working.  Unfortunately, the user is required to
search through the confusing desktop for the minimized icon.  This
leads to frustration and wasted time with the interface.

      This article describes a service that utilizes an audio tone
pattern by which users are conveyed minimal icon locations.  This
service allows a user to associate audio tones/messages with program
groups.  Upon a user selecting to minimize a window, the minimized
icon produces an associated tone that identifies the program group
for which the icon is minimized within.

      The program tone can be a single tone or a series of audio
frequencies, i.e., can be a Text-to-Speech process which explicitly
states the program group that has the icon upon minimization.  In
addition, to a single click, on the icon causing the window to
minimize somewhere on the desktop.  This mechanism causes a
particular audio tone to be conveyed identifying where the icon is
located.

      The registration process allows users to as...