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User-Controlled Message

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116101D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blaha, C: AUTHOR

Abstract

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.

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User-Controlled Message

      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 complex 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.

      The solution 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 be called
"turning off" the message.  This method gives the software designer a
way to provide the novice user with helpful information while
allowing
the expert user to "turn off" these messages if they are not needed.

      In one 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...