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Using an Icon to Represent Present State and Future State

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118274D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kropff, CJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for using an icon to represent more than one idea, such as a present state and a future state, by building the icon using partial images from other icons.

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Using an Icon to Represent Present State and Future State

      Disclosed is a method for using an icon to represent more than
one idea, such as a present state and a future state, by building the
icon using partial images from other icons.

      The solution was to devise a "split"  or composite icon
incorporating portions of two or more icons within a single icon to
indicate that the future state has not yet been achieved.  In the
Figure, four icons are shown representing two possible actual states
and two possible pending states for a telephone connection.  The
actual connection may be over a landline or a cellular connection.
The user may request that the next call use the other facility, but
the change will not take place if a call is in progress when the
request is made.  Therefore, the icon representing the connection
state is changed to one of the two pending icons.  For example, if
the current connection is a land line connection and the user
requests that the next call be over a cellular connection, the icon
would change from the  "Land Line State" icon to the "Pending
Cellular State" icon.  In this example, the arrow in the left half of
the icon conveys the idea of a future transition and the half image
in the right of the icon is sufficient to determine which actual
future state was requested.

      While we limited the "split"  of the icon to two parts because
the icons we were using were small, the split could be into more
parts, for exam...