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Action Markers Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218150D
Publication Date: 2012-May-24
Document File: 4 page(s) / 222K

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This article considers the problem of quickly parsing a long action lists in a user interface to quickly identify an owner and status of each action in the list without the need to look into each item details.

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Action Markers

This article considers a solution to the problem of quickly going through long action lists and quickly identifying the owner and the status of each outstanding action without being necessary to look into its details. In everyday life we all manage long lists of outstanding actions, that usually described by a title and followed by a more detailed description of what is needed to be done and by whom. This issue is applicable to both hand written notes and well as emails or other electronic form of "todo" lists.

    This solution is arrived at after many years of experience using any already available action marking system. All those systems failed in one way or the other to provide not only the status but also the ownership in a quick visual way that does not require you to look further into the details, in order to identify what are the outstanding actions you, as an individual, need to look at.

    This article describes an action marking system where embedded symbols of the same shape are used to provide visual information on the ownership of the action and its status quickly.

    This marking system is based on the fact that for any outstanding action the ownership can mainly classified as two types: 1. "Owned by me" or 2. "Owned by others". This is the fundamental classification to differentiate whether an action item is included in:

1. your own todo list or

2. in your monitor list.

Also each action has two main status:

A. "Open" or

B. "Complete".

The proposed marking system is combining the two information types in a

unique but equally very simple way.

    Any so far available system for marking action lists is based on one of these parameters and often requires additional notes and information on the ownership.

    In the proposed action marking system, four different states of the "markers", are sufficient to provide all the information we need for any action. Here is the explanation of the 4 marker states:
Marker 1:

    Status Open action owned by me Marker 2:

Status Action completed by me

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Marker 3:

    Status Original action completed by me but further action is required by others. The item in this state is still...