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Use Shadowing to Represent an Installed Product

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113912D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 187K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to help users distinguish "installed" products from "to be installed" products in a container. Because the installation program needs to handle installing multiple products, a graphical method was devised, based on the Workplace Shell*. The installation program presents the user a panel with two containers: the Available container and the Installed container (*). The user drags the icon representing the product for installation from the Available container to the Installed container. After selecting all of the products to install at this time, the user selects the Install push button to install the products.

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Use Shadowing to Represent an Installed Product

      Disclosed is a method to help users distinguish "installed"
products from "to be installed" products in a container.  Because the
installation program needs to handle installing multiple products, a
graphical method was devised, based on the Workplace Shell*.  The
installation program presents the user a panel with two containers:
the Available container and the Installed container (*).  The user
drags the icon representing the product for installation from the
Available container to the Installed container.  After selecting all
of the products to install at this time, the user selects the Install
push button to install the products.

      When the user decides to install another product, the
installation program presents the same panel.  Icons representing
products that the installation program is aware of are included in
the Available container.  Icons representing products that the user
installed previously are included in the Installed container.  The
user drags the icons to be installed from the Available container to
the Installed container.  A way was needed to enable the user to
distinguish between objects that are to be installed and those
already installed.

      This possible confusion is prevented by visually distinguishing
between the two sets of objects:  objects to be installed and objects
already installed.  Shadowing was chosen to represent the objects to
be installed.  Shadowed...