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Icon to Represent LAN Requester

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121995D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, NL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is an icon for the main menu which the user can select to initiate the LAN (Local Area Network) Requester function.

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Icon to Represent LAN Requester

      Disclosed is an icon for the main menu which the user can
select to initiate the LAN (Local Area Network) Requester function.

      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 Requester 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 what 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 Requester icon
was required for use in the Presentation Manager*-based application.

      The LAN Requester icon represents the sharing of resources, and
this concept is graphically illustrated by four personal computers
cabled with adapters.  When one's workstation is part of a LAN, one
can communicate with users at other workstations, and use network
resources such as files, printers, and serial devices.
Communications on a LAN are limited to a moderately sized geographic
area such as a single office building, warehou...