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Method for Organizing User Tasks in a Multi-Tasking Workstation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043723D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Berry, RE McInroy, JW Ruiz, TM [+details]

Abstract

By organizing related tasks into activities, a user can more naturally and efficiently manage work performed by a multi-tasking workstation. Current multi-tasking computer keyboard/display workstations allow a user to perform multiple tasks concurrently, but provide no assistance to the user in keeping track of the tasks. When multiple system tasks are required to complete a user task, the user must remember which system task is being performed for each user task. The user must also remember which user tasks are incomplete. A solution to the above problems is to (1) define an organization of system tasks related to a single user task as an activity, and (2) provide an activity manager task to allow the user to create and name activities which represent user tasks.