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Swap Zones in Status Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118632D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 6 page(s) / 228K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hall, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for graphically presenting and swapping multiple pieces of status information in a single icon. A swap area for an icon can be designated to only display key status information on various components. The swap area might only display warning-level status information or it might also display normal-level status feedback too.

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Swap Zones in Status Icons

      Disclosed is a method for graphically presenting and swapping
multiple pieces of status information in a single icon.  A swap area
for an icon can be designated to only display key status information
on various components.  The swap area might only display
warning-level status information or it might also display
normal-level status feedback too.

      This is useful for saving screen space by displaying the status
of critical system components in the small area of one icon.  It is
also useful by making it easier for users to focus their attention on
the highest priority status information in one place instead of
requiring users to monitor multiple status displays in multiple
areas.

      The six figures show an example of six possible states of a
single icon with a swap area.  This example is for a mobile/wireless
data-networking product in which certain status information such as
battery and signal strength continually vary and are important for
users to know when they get low.  The bottom half of the icon
portrays a wireless network connection (left to right: laptop, radio
tower, and  gateway/server).  The top half of the icon is the swap
area.

      The swap area of an icon could be blank if all the various
components of the wireless system (i.e., battery strength, signal
strength, etc.) are at good operational levels.  Users could glance
at the swap area, see that it is blank, and then quickly determine
that e...