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Suitable Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118219D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Honda, Y: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Suitable Icon is a new mechanism to control icons in a tool bar to provide a user-friendly interface, especially for beginners. Unlike existent tool bars, no tool icons are shown in the tool bar at the initial state. Tool icons may be added into the tool bar when a user has found a necessary function from the Icon Help. The Icon Help is a Hypertext Help which facilitates a way to add/delete tool icons into the tool bar along with other normal help functions.

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Suitable Icon

      The Suitable Icon is a new mechanism to control icons in a tool
bar to provide a user-friendly interface, especially for beginners.
Unlike existent tool bars, no tool icons are shown in the tool bar at
the initial state.  Tool icons may be added into the tool bar when a
user has found a necessary function from the Icon Help.  The Icon
Help is a Hypertext Help which facilitates a way to add/delete tool
icons into the tool bar along with other normal help functions.

Fig. 1 shows how the Suitable Icon works:
  1.  A new function can be found from the Icon Help (1).
  2.  After reading the explanation of the function, there is
       an option to add an icon of the function into the tool
       bar (2).  If an icon of the function is already added in
       the tool bar, there is another option to delete the icon
       from the tool bar
.
  3.  As a result, a new tool icon is added into or an existing
       icon is removed from the tool bar.

      Fig. 2 shows a conceptual chart of the Suitable Icon.  Tool
icons belonging to the Hidden Group (1) are not shown in the tool bar
and tool icons belonging to the Presence Group (2) are shown in the
tool bar.  At the initial state, all tool icons belong to the Hidden
Group and are not shown.  Users can move tool icons between these two
groups by using the Icon Help (3).