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Schemes Setting for Task Customization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117521D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abdallah, N: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

Disclosed is the use, in a computing system, of a schemes setting, allowing the selection of a group of preset choices to customize the look and function of interfaces supporting different tasks.

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Schemes Setting for Task Customization

      Disclosed is the use, in a computing system, of a schemes
setting, allowing the selection of a group of preset choices to
customize the look and function of interfaces supporting different
tasks.

      In general, a scheme is a pre-defined pattern of settings
affecting an interface.  For example, a color scheme is a set of
colors used as a template for backgrounds, foregrounds, etc.  When a
user chooses a new scheme, he can change several related settings
with a single selection, making a global change which is not
task-specific.  However, conventional user interfaces provide the
user with little ability to customize an interface to meet the
changing demands of tasks.  Generally, an application provides all
the functions available, whether or not the user needs them, so that
the interface may be more complicated than necessary.  Conventional
user interfaces cannot provide a subset of functions that are
necessary at a particular time.

      With the proposed schemes setting, a user can select a
customized task scheme through input with a pointing device or
through voice input.  The appearance of an icon is changed to
indicate the functions which remain available.  Eight preset schemes
are provided.  For example, a user selects or says "Standard scheme"
to use the full functionality of the interface.  A user wanting to
use only the Application Exchange can display only the Application
Exchange by selecting or...