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Intuitive scheme to alter font size of an arbitrary text element

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011410D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Feb-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Feb-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Formerly, when assigning a font size on the tools like word processor, users will specify the size by the number of point like 12 point or 14 point. In that case, users can not intuitively imagine the font size on the screen and users had to try to find a desired size by changing the size over and over. With this invention, users can visually and instantly change the size of the font by this new font size control scheme.

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JP820020808 Koichiro Kato/Japan/IBM Masaya Higuchi, Shuhichi Murai

Intuitive scheme to alter font size of an arbitrary text element

Disclosed is a scheme to provide an intuitive way to alter font size of an arbitrary text element. In the current scheme, users will generally change the font size as below (Figure 1).

Input text on the tools like word processor.

Click on the combobox of font size control.

Select a font size specified in number of point.

Check if the font size is as desired or not.

If the size is not as desired, repeat 3-5.


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Figure 1 Current scheme to alter font size.

In this process, the step 6 is derived from the nature of this current scheme that users can not simultaneously and visually confirm the actual size of the font on the screen. This step usually requires a redundant procedure in the operation and how users could minimize this operation depends on the users experience.

To the contrary, general scenario of using this invention is as below (Figure 2).

Input text on the tools like word processor.

Click on the new font size control introduced by this invention.

A frame with a character figure of current size is displayed.

Drag the bottom right corner of the frame and change the size of the frame.

In the step 5, the actual figure of the font is displayed on the frame and users stop dragging when

Select an arbitrary text.


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