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Graphic Coded Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118232D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 146K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mima, Y: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer system which provides a method to handle computer objects out of computer display. The system has a graphic printer that makes machine readable hard copies for icons of a desktop-metaphor-based computer. A user can get machine readable hard copies of computer objects and can arrange, store, and display them as if he/she has rigid real objects that work the same as icons on the computer screen.

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Graphic Coded Icon

      Disclosed is a computer system which provides a method to
handle computer objects out of computer display.  The system has a
graphic printer that makes machine readable hard copies for icons of
a desktop-metaphor-based computer.  A user can get machine readable
hard copies of computer objects and can arrange, store, and display
them as if he/she has rigid real objects that work the same as icons
on the computer screen.

      Figs. 1, 2 and 3 show the example and applications of this
system.  Fig. 1 includes (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5).  Fig. 2 includes
(6), (7), (8) and (9).  Fig. 3 includes (10).

      The system consists of a computer with a graphic display (1), a
graphic printer (2), and a barcode reader (3).  The computer screen
(1) displays icons (4) as a graphical cue to the computer objects.
The graphic printer (2) prints both machine readable and human
readable expression of computer objects.  The machine readable
expression could be a conventional barcode.  The barcode reader (3)
may be combined with a mouse so that a user can pick the print out in
the same manner as picking icons on the display.

      The globe icon (5) is an exit to the real world for computer
objects.  When a user drags an icon over the globe icon, the printer
generates a graphic coded icon, that is, a sheet of paper with an
icon and barcode (6).  As the graphic coded icon is a sheet of paper,
it can be pasted to scrap books, floppies (7), not...