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Person-Centered Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117163D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a graphical user interface having icons visually describing the actual people with whom interactions can be established, instead of functions to be performed.

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Person-Centered Graphical User Interface

      Disclosed is a graphical user interface having icons visually
describing the actual people with whom interactions can be
established, instead of functions to be performed.

      The Figure shows an example of the icon used in this interface.
A central portion comprises a picture of the person with whom an
interaction is established upon the selection of the icon, together
with his name.  The outer portions of the icon show various programs
which may be used in this interaction.  In this example, the icon is
used to establish a teleconference with the person shown through a
"Person to Person" (P2P) program, to send electronic mail to the
person through an "Imagemail" (MAIL) program, to CALL the person, or
to UPDATE information.

      Various functions are established by first selecting a picture
of the person with whom an interaction is desired, and by then using
drag and drop, gestures, or speech recognition.  For example,
conference calling can be achieved by dragging and dropping icons
representing several people onto a telephone icon.  OS/2* folders can
be used to store such icons, by function, department, or company, so
that the user can select to send mail to an entire department or set
up a conference call, for example, by dragging and dropping the
folder for a department onto a mail or telephone icon.

      Alternately, pop-up functions associated with the icon may be
selected to activate programs...