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User Interface to Program Copyright Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121493D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Present techniques for access to copyright information cause problems with the user's model and do not provide good legal copyright protection for cooperating applications.

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User Interface to Program Copyright Information

      Present techniques for access to copyright information
cause problems with the user's model and do not provide good legal
copyright protection for cooperating applications.

      Current systems provide for access to copyright information by
adding a choice to the bottom of the Help pull-down.  This choice
results in a pop-up window which displays copyright information for
the application.  The label for this pull-down choice varies among
different applications.  "About..." is one label used.  Copyright
information is generally provided to satisfy legal requirements, not
user requirements.  However, copyright information often includes
version number information about the application which may on rare
occasions be informative for the user.

      Providing access to copyright information on the Help pull-down
menu causes problems for the user's model, since this choice is not
related to help information.  The copyright information cannot be
accessed from the help manager windows, nor should it be.  However,
novice users are burdened with the added complexity of this extra
entry on the Help pull-down and may inadvertently choose copyright
information when they need help information.  The novice user is
unnecessarily forced to learn about the copyright choice, even though
it is of no value.  The user's model for the Help pull-down
unfortunately becomes: "choices which lead to help information, plus
that last choice which leads to the less than useful copyright pop-up
window."

      The user's model for the current copyright user interface is
further complicated by multiple views on a single object.  In this
case, the user may view the same object, but receive different
copyright information for that object in different windows.  The
copyright is related to the window, but is not contained on the
window pull- down.

      The current art has been extended to support cooperating
applications.  A user may view a document with a embedded chart,
without realizing that both a document application and a chart
application are running to produce...