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Tape Symbol for Computer Sound Play and Record Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113889D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harrison, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the display of an icon appearing as a magnetic tape being wound from one spool to another during the sound record and play functions of a computer system, together with adjacent buttons emulating buttons of a tape recorder.

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Tape Symbol for Computer Sound Play and Record Functions

      Disclosed is the display of an icon appearing as a magnetic
tape being wound from one spool to another during the sound record
and play functions of a computer system, together with adjacent
buttons emulating buttons of a tape recorder.

      Fig. 1 shows the appearance of the icon at the beginning of the
recording or playback of sound, with the "tape" appearing to be fully
wound on the left spool.  The sound record or play function of the
system is started when the user selects the "record" or "play"
button, respectively, in any way which the system supports selection.
During the record or play process, the left spool of "tape" shrinks,
while the right spool of "tape" increases in size.  The appearance of
"tape" motion may be further enhanced by showing the "tape" extending
between the spools as a dashed line having individual segments moving
from the left spool to the right spool.

      The rate at which the icon changes in appearance is balanced to
reflect the capacity of the computing system for recording sound in a
single operation.  As this capacity is reached, the appearance of the
icon approaches that of Fig. 2, with the "tape" fully wound on the
right spool.  If, during this process, the user selects the "stop"
button, the appearance of the icon quickly returns to that of Fig. 1,
appearing to indicate that the "tape" has been quickly rewound.  At
this point, the user may start the pro...