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Indicating Age of Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123249D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Todd, SJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

There are many administrative and configuration tools used to show state of objects within a system. The information displayed cannot always be kept fully up to date, especially in a distributed system. It is important for the user to know the age of the information. This invention proposed this be displayed by icons associated with the information.

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Indicating Age of Information

   There are many administrative and configuration tools
used to show state of objects within a system.  The information
displayed cannot always be kept fully up to date, especially in a
distributed system.  It is important for the user to know the age of
the information.  This invention proposed this be displayed by icons
associated with the information.

   Typically, the information is displayed in a variety of
'tree' and 'list' views, with an icon associated with each item of
information.  This icon is often used to show the type of
information, and possibly its state.  As described here the icon is
used additionally to show the age of the information.

   Most 'type' and 'state' information is discrete, represented
by individually prepared icons.  Age is a continuous function, and
requires a long list of icons or an in-betweening algorithm to
generate the icons.  The algorithm may be similar to those used in
video and computer slide presentations for transition effects.

   Thus a sequence of pre-stored icons may be maintained each
corresponding to a particular time interval or category.

   Alternatively two 'end' icons may be created, and
intervening icons generated by an algorithm.  The process may be
table driven, and can, for example, progressively vary the icons by
changing the rgb intensity and/or selecting points from one or other
'end' image.  Such variation may be performed automatically by the
icons, or driven by t...