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Mechanism for Drawing the User's Attention to Exception Conditions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112745D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, JR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a program that provides a common service than can be used by applications running under a user-driven user interface to draw the user's attention to asynchronous events. This is necessary because, in a user-driven interface, an application can normally only react to requests initiated by the user. Applications may attempt to handle this situation by issuing popup menus in asynchronous processes, or by an audible alarm, but these methods may be inconsistent from one application to the next, and the user may find them to be distracting.

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Mechanism for Drawing the User's Attention to Exception Conditions

      Disclosed is a program that provides a common service than can
be used by applications running under a user-driven user interface to
draw the user's attention to asynchronous events.  This is necessary
because, in a user-driven interface, an application can normally only
react to requests initiated by the user.  Applications may attempt to
handle this situation by issuing popup menus in asynchronous
processes, or by an audible alarm, but these methods may be
inconsistent from one application to the next, and the user may find
them to be distracting.

      This design provides a special folder object and a set of
services to manage it.  This folder and set of services are referred
to in this document as the 'Attentions Folder' and the 'Attentions

Services'.  Applications which need to report an asynchronous event
to the user can use the Attentions Services to place an entry in the
Attentions Folder.  When the Attentions Folder is not empty, its
visual appearance changes so that the user can see that there is
something in it.  In addition, based on user preference, the
Attentions Services can cause an audible alarm to sound when an item
is placed in the Attentions Folder.

      The items placed in the Attentions Folder contain an abstract
of the information which the application needs to bring to the user's
attention.  The user can display the abstract and request additional
detail. ...