Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Disclosed is a method for controlling messages sent, in particular displayed, by a computer system to the user of the computer system. This control is performed on the basis of user input.
a method for controlling messages sent, in
particular displayed, by a computer system to the user of the
computer system. This control is performed on the basis of user
product, e.g., machine, instrument, tool, computer
system, software product, can provide devices to help novice users.
Messages are usually designed to help novice users of a product,
e.g., of a software product, to understand what is happening and
decide what to do next. Unfortunately, those messages are annoying
to expert users who already have become familiar with the product.
Therefore, some software designers refrain from providing helpful
messages, making their products difficult for novice users to use.
is a software product issuing messages that the
user can instruct not to reappear even if the same situation
reoccurs. Such messages shall be called "user-controlled messages".
Telling a user-controlled message not to reappear shall
"turning off" the message. This method gives the software designer a
way to provide the novice user with helpful information while
the expert user to "turn off" these messages if they are not needed.
embodiment for letting users "turn off" the messages,
the messages are provided with buttons that the user can use to
indicate to the software product whether the message should be
displayed in the future. In another embodiment, the software product
could also provide the user with a multi-select list that lists all
such messages and lets him tur...