Double-Duty Screen Design
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
In single-screen graphic software packages, screen area has to be compromised for either graphic or alphanumeric data. The problem is how the operator can see the most graphic data while relevant alphanumeric data are not out of sight. The dual-screen graphic workstation provides more screen area but it poses a new problem. The operator cannot concentrate on the graphic screen while most messages are displayed on the other. This article describes a screen design which gives the operator the best way to see more of both graphic and alphanumeric data in a single-head graphic workstation. The screen is divided into four different areas, as shown in the figure. The bottom area, called the status area, is used for status information and it takes up one or two rows.