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Use of Dynamic Icons to Reflect Status on Property Sheets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119181D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alderson, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Property sheets are used to allow users to specify application properties prior to applications starting or while an application is running. The nature of this data is inherently 'static'. However, as described here, property sheets may be used to hold dynamic data (i.e., data that changes while the application is running) and to reflect the status of the data presented in the hidden tabs (i.e., all tabs apart from the topmost one) by using differing icons in each of the tab titles.

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Use of Dynamic Icons to Reflect Status on Property Sheets

      Property sheets are used to allow users to specify application
properties prior to applications starting or while an application is
running.  The nature of this data is inherently 'static'.  However,
as described here, property sheets may be used to hold dynamic data
(i.e., data that changes while the application is running) and to
reflect the  status of the data presented in the hidden tabs (i.e.,
all tabs apart from the topmost one) by using differing icons in each
of the tab titles.

      Following this approach, an application can maintain concurrent
dynamic data in an ordered fashion by use of the property sheet
control and is able to ascertain quickly the status of all the data
by the use  of differing icons in the tab controls.

      For example: an application may have several tabs, one of
which may contain information relating to data that is incoming from
another machine.  For as long as the connection to that machine is
running, a 'green circle with a tickmark' icon will appear in the tab
title.  However, if subsequently the connection to the second machine
goes down, then the icon changes to a 'red circle with a cross'.
Now, if this tab is not topmost when the connection goes down, then
the icon change will provide the user with visual feedback that
something is wrong.

      The property sheet object is thus used to present dynamic data
instead of static data, and differing...