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Portfolios for Users of Graphical User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116971D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Happ, AJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is the use of a portfolio to provide a customized set of containers, including a desktop, which the user of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) can use to organize his work. The organization of the portfolio is based on modelling techniques that capture a model of the user's tasks. For example, a teacher might use a portfolio having a school map as the desktop "wallpaper," with folders for classes, students, and term papers, while a portfolio for a medical office might contain folders for patient records and insurance papers.

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Portfolios for Users of Graphical User Interfaces

      Disclosed is the use of a portfolio to provide a customized set
of containers, including a desktop, which the user of a Graphical
User Interface (GUI) can use to organize his work.  The organization
of the portfolio is based on modelling techniques that capture a
model of the user's tasks.  For example, a teacher might use a
portfolio having a school map as the desktop "wallpaper," with
folders for classes, students, and term papers, while a portfolio for
a medical office might contain folders for patient records and
insurance papers.

      In the absence of such a method, the desktop arrives in an
unorganized manner, making use of the system difficult for an
inexperienced user who does not know how to store and manage the
information that can be accessed and created.  This difficulty may
lead to a cluttered desktop as the user adds applications, devices,
and data files, further reducing the productivity of the user with
the system.

      The Figure is a flow chart illustrating the major steps
required in creating a portfolio.  In step 1, cognitive modeling
software is used to capture the models of present users from a
typical group, through means which have generally been used in the
development of application programs and operating systems.  Since the
folders generated by the users are containers, a hierarchical
structure is captured from the user model data in step 2.  In the
example of the teach...