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Icon to Represent LAN Messaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121933D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, JF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is an icon for the main menu which the user can select to initiate the LAN (Local Area Network) Messaging function. The figure shows the icon on a grid, and the colors have been labelled.

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Icon to Represent LAN Messaging

      Disclosed is an icon for the main menu which the user can
select to initiate the LAN (Local Area Network) Messaging function.
The figure shows the icon on a grid, and the colors have been
labelled.

      Graphical interfaces rely on direct manipulation interface
techniques.  These techniques are standard in the industry and are
based on the ability to represent objects in the user interface.
These representations often take the form of icons.  The icon design
invokes in the user an understanding of the purpose or use of the
object it represents.  The LAN Messaging icon saves the user from
invoking redundant sessions, which may be a hindrance to performance,
by distinguishing what sessions are already running.  Before this
icon function was invented, no distinction was made between OS/2*
sessions that were running.  Usability was sacrificed when the user
had to open another session because the original one could not be
clicked on easily (they all looked the same).  The LAN Messaging icon
was required for use in the Presentation Manager*-based application.

      OS/2 software enables one to send messages to other local area
network (LAN) users and machine names.  The LAN Messaging icon
represents the sending and receiving of messages.  This concept is
graphically illustrated by two personal computers (PCs) communicating
with a message envelope above them in the figure.  This creation is
in addition to the PC icon pr...