Desktop access to components
Authored by: Netscape Client UI Group
Date created: 2 September 1997
Date Last Modified:
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The platforms that Communicator supports provide numerous ways for
applications to be accessed quickly. For instance, within Win95/NT the
MS office shortcut bar allows for shortcuts for frequently used applications
to be placed on the bar. On the Macintosh, the control strip provides a
launching point for the Communicator suite. Communicator should utilize
these various starting points within the many platforms to provide our
users with access to the various components of the Communicator suite.
The shortcut area could provide the same function as the component bar
within the Communicator package, providing accesibility and notification
from within the operating system environment.
Provide quick and easy access to various components of Communicator
Use existing OS tools to launch Communicator components
Enhanced presence within computing environment (os)
The target user for this feature is any user who runs one or more of
the applications in the Communicator suite.
Understand the purpose and function of the access to Communicator
Access various components
The control strip on the Mac is typically used to access control panels.
However, it should be possible to attach a control strip module that allows
access to the various components.
Another idea for a Mac specific solution would be to create a menu item
that is the Communicator icon which would exist on the right hand side
of the desktop, next to the finder menu. When expanded, the menu would
show the six components of Communicator.
Macintosh Control Strip
When Communicator is installed, an icon should appear in the Windows95/NT
taskbar next to the Start button. On mouse down, a menu containing all
the Communicator components should appear. The user should be able
to select one of the components to launch it.
Windows 95/nt taskbar implementation
Another solution specific to the Windows95/NT platform is to create
a new program group on install in the Microsoft Office shortcut bar.
Users can change the view to the Communicator set and launch any of the
components from here.
Microsoft Office shortcut bar implementation