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This article describes a method for using icons on the mail list to indicate both the type of mail and certain attributes of the mail.
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Graphic Indicator for Mail Status And Type
This article describes a method for using icons on the mail list to indicate both
the type of mail and certain attributes of the mail.
Although current computing systems may provide a method for the user of an
electronic inbasket to understand something about a mail item merely by viewing
the list of mail items, the information thus provided is limited and does not take
advantage of graphical techniques now available to interface designers.
Icons can be used effectively to indicate whether a mail item has just
appeared in the inbasket, whether it is unopened, or whether it has been opened.
The icons which should be used to indicate these conditions are envelopes -- a
sealed envelope for unopened mail, and an envelope with an open flap for
opened mail. The sealed envelope for an item which has just appeared in the
inbasket may have a box around it to distinguish it from an unopened item which
has previously appeared in the inbasket.
In addition, the envelopes can provide other information to the user. The icon
before a mail item which has been designated urgent by the sender may be
colored red on a color terminal, may blink on a monochrome terminal. These
attributes should be user-selectable. The fact that a mail item requires action on
the part of the recipient may be indicated by displaying the letter "A" on the
A third type of information may also be provided with the icon. The system
can user the icon to ind...