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This article describes a method to enable an end user to readily distinguish the severity of an error reported by an application program.
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Visible Sign of Error Notice with Graphics and/or Color
This article describes a method to enable an end user to readily distinguish
the severity of an error reported by an application program.
Where a user is at a work station and requesting functions of an underlying
application, the user may be not be able to readily determine whether the request
completed, and if so whether it completed normally or with exception status.
Typically, exceptions are reported with application specific message text or with
message numbers that would require the user to look into a manual before the
severity or cause of the exception could be understood. The completion status
and severity of exceptions are of primary interest to an end user, however, these
simple indicators are not often evident from a foreign message number or lengthy
By contrast, the end user could be alerted to the completion status of a given
request by means of a graphical icon with color indication of his or her own
definition that would allow the user to readily discern the request completion
status. The user may only be secondarily interested in the associated message
numbers or reason codes if the graphical status indicator denoted that a serious
exception had been detected. The end user would not then need to interrupt his
or her work and wade through manuals or help facilties only to find that the
message number indicated a normal or otherwise acceptable condition.