Application-Initiated Multitasking and Queued Task Recognition
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a method for Application-Initiated Multitasking and Queued Task Recognition (AIMQTR). Application Initiated Multitasking and Queued Task Recognition addresses the problem of asynchronous and queued task recognition in multitasking workbench environments. A counterproductive usability problem arises when existing serial tasking workbench technology is integrated into a multitasked environment. Users must mentally distinguish between asynchronous, queued and non-executing tasks within task management lists. Users must also manually differentiate such tasks when selecting items from such lists. AIMQTR provides instantaneous recognition and selection of asynchronously executing and queued tasks through the use of unique highlighting oriented toward multitasking and task queueing.