Buoy icon notification of object interface accessibility in multitasking computer environment

  • US 6,489,974 B1
  • Filed: 01/11/1996
  • Issued: 12/03/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/10/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method that is implemented on a multitasking computer that comprises first and second objects, said method providing notification of a status of said first object on said computer, comprising the steps of:

  • a) providing a representation of said first object on a user interface of said computer, with the representation supporting user interaction with said first object on said user interface of said computer;

    b) executing said first object on said computer;

    c) while said first object is executing, enabling said second object so as to support user interaction with said second object on said user interface of said computer;

    d) while said second object is enabled so as to support user interaction, determining when said first object ceases executing;

    e) providing a notification on said user interface when said first object ceases executing by suddenly displaying a notification icon on said user interface of said computer while maintaining the representation of the first object, said notification icon being in a location that is separate from the representation of said first object on said user interface.

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