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Pop-Up Icon for Operation Event in Shared Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114555D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kajitani, K: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism for notifying all participants in a shared application of an operation event. The operator's icon is popped up beside or on the target object for a certain period, when the event is received.

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Pop-Up Icon for Operation Event in Shared Applications

      Disclosed is a mechanism for notifying all participants in a
shared application of an operation event.  The operator's icon is
popped up beside or on the target object for a certain period, when
the event is received.

      This mechanism is intended for use in a shared application such
as a desktop conference, and assumes that the application has a "USER
EXIT" routine to inform participants of all events.  Participants are
notified only of operation events in the application.  A user icon is
popped up to identify the action and operator (Fig. 1).  It is placed
either beside, in the left-top corner of, or on top of the target
object of the operation.  If the object has a complicated structure,
a referencing pointer is appended to the icon.  The icon is shown for
a maximum period (dT) of 2-3 seconds, so as not to hide other objects
or prevent operations in the application (Fig. 2).

      This mechanism has three components: (1) an event receiver, (2)
an icon display module, and (3) a display timer (Fig. 3).  When the
operator performs an action, the event receiver gets information on
operation events from the shared application.  This information
consists of the name of the operator, the operation type, and the
target object, which has a type, a position, and a boundary area.
Next, the icon display module is invoked.  It retrieves a registered
user icon by using the name of the operator.  Th...