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Icon Customization for Container Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121673D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jefferson, KJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

OS/2* provides windows that contain other applications. These windows are all represented by the same icon. By allowing a user to specify the icon for each container window, meaning is visually given and associated as to the contents of the container window.

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Icon Customization for Container Windows

      OS/2* provides windows that contain other applications.
These windows are all represented by the same icon.  By allowing a
user to specify the icon for each container window, meaning is
visually given and associated as to the contents of the container
window.

      In a workplace model environment, containers must be provided
for organization of data and applications.  If each container window
is represented by the same icon, meaningful distinction between
containers is not provided.  By maintaining properties for each
container, an icon can be specified for each individual container,
thus providing meaning as to the contents of the container.

      This can be accomplished in the following manner (OS/2
Presentation Manager*):
1.  Present the user with a dialog to allow the selection of an icon
to represent the container.
2.  The newly associated icon is saved in the container's properties.
3.  The container's icon is changed to the specified icon by sending
a WM_SETICON message to the container window.

      By allowing iconic customization for container windows,
container meaning is established and user productivity is enhanced.
*  Trademark of IBM Corp.