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Presenting Graphic Icons Categorized By Object To Reduce Visual Clutter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241611D
Publication Date: 2015-May-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for presenting graphic icons for a set of objects categorized based on type of the object.

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Presenting Graphic Icons Categorized By Object To Reduce Visual Clutter

Disclosed is a method and system for presenting graphic icons on a user interface

where the icons are categorized based on types of objects they represent which presents the icons in a manner that avoids presenting unwanted icons on the user interface. This reduces visual clutter for a user, thereby allowing the user to focus on tasks and find clear entry points on the user interface.

Figure 1 illustrates a list of icons for objects in a standard view. Beside each icon is a description of its object. The Figure 1 shows icons for various types of objects sorted in an inappropriate order.

Figure 1

Figure 2 illustrates the icons and object descriptions of Figure 1 in a sorted view.

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Figure 2

As shown in Figure 2, the icons for objects of a first type, which are objects 1, 2, and 6 in this example, are presented together. Then the icons for objects of a second type,

which are objects 3, 5, and 8 in this example, are presented together below the icons for the first type of objects. In a similar fashion, icons for a third type are presented together. Though the icons are grouped by object type, each icon is displayed for each object. This causes visual clutter for the user. The disclosed method and system involves recognition that it is redundant to display each icon. That is, only one icon is needed for each type of object. Figure 3 illustrates icons and their object descriptions in...