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Iconic Key for Checkout

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114118D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Osentoski, D: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A solution is disclosed which provides users with an easy method to determine which documents checked out from an online library system are their own. Libraries typically use a document icon with some indicator (such as a lock) to show that a document is checked out of the library (and thus cannot be checked out by other users). This disclosure proposes an additional marker, such as a key, be superimposed across the icon to indicate that the user has the ability to unlock (check-in) the document. Although the library is shared and all checked out documents are marked (with a lock), each workstation is marked in this additional manner for that user's documents. In addition, users are given the choice to sort by "checked out".

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Iconic Key for Checkout

      A solution is disclosed which provides users with an easy
method to determine which documents checked out from an online
library system are their own.  Libraries typically use a document
icon with some indicator (such as a lock) to show that a document is
checked out of the library (and thus cannot be checked out by other
users).  This disclosure proposes an additional marker, such as a
key, be superimposed across the icon to indicate that the user has
the ability to unlock (check-in) the document.  Although the library
is shared and all checked out documents are marked (with a lock),
each workstation is marked in this additional manner for that user's
documents.  In addition, users are given the choice to sort by
"checked out".  The icons for the checked out documents are brought
to the beginning of the icon list, with the lock and key icons sorted
ahead of the "lock only" icons.  This provides an even better view of
the documents an individual has checked out of the library.