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Information Highway Metaphor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114185D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a practical metaphor which graphically describes information flow on an information highway. Further disclosed is the standard by which the metaphor is used. The metaphor for the information highway is a vehicular highway of either a one-way or a two-way road, using standard color-coding to indicate the direction(s) of the information flow. The user simply clicks on the source icon, drags to the target icon, and the appropriate highway is automatically drawn from the source icon to the target icon.

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Information Highway Metaphor

      Disclosed is a practical metaphor which graphically describes
information flow on an information highway.  Further disclosed is the
standard by which the metaphor is used.  The metaphor for the
information highway is a vehicular highway of either a one-way or a
two-way road, using standard color-coding to indicate the
direction(s) of the information flow.  The user simply clicks on the
source icon, drags to the target icon, and the appropriate highway is
automatically drawn from the source icon to the target icon.
Continuing with the above example, this mapping would be defined on
the "Add Directory Mapping" panel, and the resulting synchronization
would be graphically depicted in an information highway on the "Map
Directories" panel (as soon as the user completed the drag operation)
as follows:
       Map Directories
                          Green
   PaR(CITY1)           ---------   VM Customer(STATE)
VM Custom(STATE)
                          Green
                          Red
   VM CallUp(CITY2)     ---------   LotusNotes(\\WLKA0N10)
                          Green

      In the former case, it is easy to discern that PaR(CITY1) and
VM Custom(STATE) constitute a bidirectional synchronization because
they are connected by a two-way highway; i.e., green (for go) in both
directions.

      In the latter case, it is easy to discern that the graphical
relationship depicts a unidirectional synchronization from VM
Callup(CITY2) to LotusNotes*(\\WLKA0N10) because they are connected
by a one-way highway; i.e., green (for go) from VM Callup(CITY2) to
LotusNotes(\\WLKA0N10), but red (for stop) from
LotusNotes(\\WLKA0N10) to VM Callup(CITY2).

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