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Construction Method for a Machine Direct Manipulation Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114805D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for dynamically constructing a machine icon which simply and intuitively conveys important information about the machine it represents. Unique is the use of real world analogy to convey the machine configuration, install state and running state.

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Construction Method for a Machine Direct Manipulation Control

      Disclosed is a method for dynamically constructing a machine
icon which simply and intuitively conveys important information about
the machine it represents.  Unique is the use of real world analogy
to convey the machine configuration, install state and running state.

      In a graphical user interface for systems management
applications, it is often necessary to iconically represent a
physical machine and relevant information about it.  Many different
types of information for the machine may be important to the user in
order to initiate or complete a task.  In a graphical user interface
for installing a machine over a network, the important information
needed is the type of machine (diskless, dataless or stand-alone),
the running state of the machine (on, off or booting), and the
install state of the machine (ready to be installed, scheduled for
install, installing, etc.).  All three of these pieces of information
may change dynamically.

      The method described here dynamically constructs a simple and
intuitive machine icon which conveys important current information
about the physical machine it represents.  The machine icon visually
looks like a desktop computer, and has two essential areas which
convey current configuration and install state information, and one
optional area which conveys current running state.  The running state
may also be indicated by the install state.  See...