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A GUI method for providing temporary visual confirmation of which folder an item has just been moved or copied into

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179590D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method for facilitating the ease of use of a graphical user interface is described whereby a temporary visual indication is provided to highlight the folder into which the user has just moved or copied an item.

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A GUI method for providing temporary visual confirmation of which folder an item has just been moved or copied into

Disclosed is a system for providing temporary visual confirmation of the folder into which the user has just moved or copied an item or items.

    In the context of a graphical user interface (GUI) a user will frequently want to drag a file or email into one of a list of folders. Once the user has dropped the item or items into the folder however there is no visual indication of which folder has just received the item. When working in haste this lack of confirmation can lead to uncertainty about which folder has actually received the item. The user might have to resort to manually looking in the folders close to where he thought he placed the item; or use Undo, if available, to undo the move and then redo it again, this time paying more attention to where he places the item.

    What is needed is a temporary visual indication of which folder actually received the item. The indication need only be temporary to confirm that the user performed the action he intended, and also to distinguish from the effects of later actions.

    The core idea is that the folder into which the file or email has actually been placed provides a temporary visual indication or marker that it has just been accessed. Example intuitive indications include:
- the folder temporarily swells up and gradually deflates to its original size
- the folder temporarily changes colour; e.g, glows red but fades back to yellow, the same colour as the other folders.
- a tick temporarily appears on the folder

    Combinations of these effects could be used. The animation or co...