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Icon Overlays to Present Status Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112737D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Selby, RF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for visually presenting an object's status information via an overlay on the object's icon.

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Icon Overlays to Present Status Information

      Disclosed is a method for visually presenting an object's
status information via an overlay on the object's icon.

      In a system managing a potentially large number of objects,
each of which could change its status at any time, the user needs a
means by which to be presented status information about the objects
at a glance, without having to open and close the objects, or switch
to alternate views which may contain the status information.  Some
examples of object status are: normal, degraded, offline, unknown,
etc.

      The disclosed solution to this problem involves segmenting out
of the normal size icon space, a 14x14 pel area.  This size could
vary by need.  This area of the normal object icon is then overlayed
by a bitmap which visually shows the status of the object.

      Two types of visual characteristics are used to make the
overlay an effective communicator of the status information.  The
first is an appropriate use of color in the design of the overlay
(e.g., red to indicate offline, yellow for degraded, etc.).  The
second is a choice of a visual component that reinforces the color
(e.g., vivid broken line for "offline", question mark for "unknown",
etc.)

Refer to the Figure for an example of an overlay indicating a system
in an offline state.