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Color Coded Significant Figures in Display of Available Capacity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123306D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rogers, ER: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When a PC user does a DIR(ectory) or equivalent command in order to access the amount of available capacity on his or her storage media, the result comes back as a multidigit string of integers. Given that Digital Versatile Disks (DVD) could have 18 gigabytes (GB) per platter and Digital Linear Tape (DLT) 35 or more GB per cartridge, available user capacity could look like 17987234123, which is hard to read.

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Color Coded Significant Figures in Display of Available Capacity

   When a PC user does a DIR(ectory) or equivalent command in
order to access the amount of available capacity on his or her
storage media, the result comes back as a multidigit string of
integers.  Given that Digital Versatile Disks (DVD) could have 18
gigabytes (GB) per platter and Digital Linear Tape (DLT) 35 or more
GB per cartridge, available user capacity could look like
17987234123, which is hard to read.

   This article proposes the color coding of every 3 digits,
starting from the right and going to the left.  This segments
capacity into easily read triplets of bytes (B), kilobytes (KB),
megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), and terabytes (TB).  For the above
example of 17987234123, the reader might see:
  17      987      234      123      (Triplets of integers)
  Red     Blue     Red      Blue     (Possible color coding)
  (GB)    (MB)     (KB)     (B)

   This is significant for all operating systems, including
GUIs, that facilitate command line syntax.

   In summary, we describe the color coding of every 3 digits
of available capacity on a storage medium, starting from the right
(least significant digits) and proceeding to the left towards the
most significant digits.  This could be implemented in a variety of
ways.  Either a unique color could be given to every 3 digits or a
pair of colors could be alternated every 3 digits.  Alternately, a...