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Unified, Customizable Application Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118989D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, PH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Applications are increasingly implementing Desktop Toolbars, known as appbars, to give quick and constantly available access to product functions and status via monitors. While these appbars can be useful, too many of them can occupy an excessive amount of space on the user's desktop.

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Unified, Customizable Application Bar

      Applications are increasingly implementing Desktop Toolbars,
known as appbars, to give quick and constantly available access to
product functions and status via monitors.  While these appbars can
be useful, too many of them can occupy an excessive amount of space
on the user's desktop.

      Disclosed is a methodology to provide users with a function or
utility that allows them to create a consolidated and integrated
appbar that they can easily customize by dragging desired selections
of functions, status monitors, news, and other dynamic information
from their existing appbars.  In this way, users can choose to have
only one appbar that displays the most frequently accessed functions
or desired information from each of the various product appbars.

      Also disclosed is an enhanced appbar control that enables
the integration of the static and dynamic information as disclosed
above.  The enhanced appbar has a static area on the left most side
and a dynamic continually-scrolling area on the right.  The relative
size of each area is controlled by the user by dragging the divider
line in  either direction.  Users populate the static area with
appbar items that  they wish to always appear and populate the
dynamic area with items they  wish to see as a continual scroll, such
as new bulletins and stock ticker  information.