Technique for Displaying File Icon Status within the Original File Icon Image in Low Color Depth Environments
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Technique for Displaying File Icon Status within the Original File Icon Image in Low Color Depth Environments Graphical user interface applications often represent files with icons in various views such as trees, tables, etc. Similarly, products like IBM WebSphere Studio have views which show files and file relationships. In WebSphere Studio a user can associate an editor of their choice for different file types. WebSphere then associates the icon of the editing application, identified by the file-type registry entries, with the appropriate file in the user's project. For example, if a user defines PageDesigner as their default html editor, then the PageDesigner icon will appear next to all html files. In addition to this icon, Studio also adds other visual cues next to the file's icon which indicate various file attributes and/or status: publish state, source control state and workflow state called "file status". This array of icons can create quite a cluttered view. Currently, the user selects a color to indicate the status of a file. In the appropriate color, next to the file type icon, is a colored bar which denotes the file's status. In an attempt to simplify the view we chose to modify this file status indicator. The new approach involves shifting the color of the file's icon to reflect status. This makes the overall view less cluttered and status more easily distinguishable from other file attributes.