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Other-System Status Indication and Controls in Window Title Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118645D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hall, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of displaying status information of and providing controls in the title bars of various applications. Status or controls of one or more products can be displayed in the title bars of applications which are not part of the same product or products.

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Other-System Status Indication and Controls in Window Title Bars

      Disclosed is a method of displaying status information of and
providing controls in the title bars of various applications.  Status
or controls of one or more products can be displayed in the title
bars of applications which are not part of the same product or
products.

      This invention is useful for situations in which users need to
run full-screen applications and also need to continually monitor the
status of other components on their system.  It is also useful for
making key controls more accessible to users.  This is especially
applicable to mobile computing because of the smaller size of
displays and the unreliability of wireless data communications
necessitating continual user monitoring.

      Application title bars are often under-utilized when
applications are run in maximized or full-screen mode.  Typically,
there is a mini icon on the left; two or three icons on the right to
minimize, maximize, and close the window; and a very long title area
in the middle which often is mostly blank.  This makes the empty
space in the  title bar area of application windows an excellent
place to add key status icons and control for other products which
the user needs to vigilantly monitor and control.

      The Figure gives an example of how dynamic status icons can
appear in an application window.  In this example, the application is
an accident reporting system for police officers.  The system status
icons in title bar in the Figure are the second and third mini icons
from the left.

      The second mini icon from the left represents th...